Sandwiched In with Ron Brown - Mexico City's Paseo de la Reforma

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Join Professor Ron Brown for his ongoing series about the great avenues of the world as he explores Mexico City's Paseo de la Reforma.  In the year 1621 Hernán Cortés conquered Mexico City and subdued the great Aztec Empire. At the time, Mexico City was claimed to be larger than London, Rome, Paris, or Beijing. Filled with temples, pyramids, palaces and floating islands, Cortés wrote that it was the most beautiful city in the world. In 1864, the newly crowned Emperor Maximilian I decreed that Mexico City would once again be great. He laid out a Grand Avenue from his royal palace into the heart of Mexico City and began to fill it with museums, palaces, mansions, banks and stores.  (Sponsored by the Friends of the Library)

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