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🇲🇽📚 The name Milpa Alta means “high cornfield.” “Alta” means high in Spanish and “milpa” is a Mexican Spanish word from Nahuatl referring to cornfields interspersed with other crops such as squash and maguey. The pre colonial name for the area was Malacachtepec-Momozco,which means “place of altars surrounded by mountains.” This name is derived from the various #volcanoes
in the area.
The recorded history of the area begins around 1240 when a Chichimeca group migrated into the Valley of Mexico from the north and founded the Malacachtepec Momozco dominion. They formed settlements in what is now the borough in places such as Malacatepec Momoxco, Ocotenco, Texcalapa, Tototepec, Tepetlacotanco, Huinantongo and Tlaxcomulco. In 1440, Mexica leader Hueyitlahuilli subdued these settlements and installed a leader. The capital of this dominion was centered on the town of Milpa Alta, in what are now the Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, San Mateo and Santa Martha neighborhoods with the name of Malacatepec #Momoxco
. The area formed a strategic point controlling the road between #Tenochtitlan
. At this time several lakeside docks, a ceremonial center, barracks and tribute collections centers were constructed, remnants of which remain.