During the reign of the Aztecs in the Valley of Mexico, a harsh and punishing tribute system was imposed on the surrounding provinces and towns. It was one of the things that would lead to the undoing of the Aztec Empire, but at the time was a great source of wealth and labor for the capital city Tenochtitlan.
The local ruler of the Tlaxcala people, who were once as powerful as the Aztecs but lost some of their influence through several shrewd deals made by them, were fed up with the harsh tribute system. The local chieftain decided he would go to war against the Aztecs.
This chieftain had a beautiful daughter, Princess Iztaccíhuatl, who had fallen in love with one of the tribe’s great warriors, Popocatepetl. When Popocatepetl asked her father for her hand in marriage he offered it gladly, as long as Popocatepetl came back victoriously from the war.
While Popocatepetl was away at war, one of Iztaccíhuatl’s jealous suitors, Citlaltepetl, told her that Popocatepetl had died in battle. Grief-striken, the lovely Iztaccíhuatl cried until her heart stopped and she died. Upon return from battle, finding his beloved dead, Popocatepetl was inconsolable and wandered the streets day and night mourning her.
Finally, the warrior