José Antonio Alzate, Urban growth, Colonial administration, Census districts, Maps, Urban planning, Urban renewal, Mexico City, 1700-1800


Classical Archaeology and Art History | Latin American History


This article considers the urban reforms, growth, and development that took place in Mexico City, Mexico, during the 18th century. The author highlights the study of contemporary city plans, diagrams, and paintings that depict the increasing urban renewal projects that were undertaken at the time. She also comments on the influence of the colonial administrators on these development projects, including the reorganization of the city into cuarteles (quarters), the reform of parishes, and the introduction of censuses. The role of cartographer José Antonio Alzate y Ramírez in creating new city plans is also described.

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Colonial Latin American Review, 21:1

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Published; SherpaRomeo status: Green; author cannot archive publisher's version/PDF