Tecuichpo: Last Aztec Empress

David Bowles
3 min readJun 5, 2023

Many historical figures who were in and around the Isle of Mexico during the siege of Tenochtitlan in 1521 appear in my latest book, Secret of the Moon Conch, co-written by Guadalupe García McCall

Among these people was the last queen of Tenochtitlan, last empress of the Aztecs, known by her people the Mexica as Tecuichpochtzin … and by history as Isabel Moctezuma.

Here’s an image of Tecuichpo (the short form of her nickname) and her father, the Emperor Moteuczoma II, from the Codex Cozcatzin, a post-Conquest indigenous text:

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David Bowles

A Mexican American author & translator from South Texas. Teaches literature & Nahuatl at UTRGV. President of the Texas Institute of Letters.