Lawrence Freeman is the American author of Beyond The Pillars: a search for Antediluvian civilizations(a) in which he reviews almost every civilisation and prehistoric mystery that you ever heard of. He refers to Atlantis throughout the book, but in rather sceptical tones, with the nearest to a conclusion being that – “Atlantis may well have never existed, but if it did exist, then it was likely only as part of a worldwide antediluvian civilization that is now coming to light.”
>In an article on a Mexican website Freeman reviews the usual theories regarding the origins of the Mexican people that have been put forward since the Spanish invasion. He lists locations in both east and west including Africa, China, the Mediterranean and, of course Atlantis, without expressing any preference of his own. There is nothing new to be learnt from this article(b).<
Tenochtitlán was the capital city of the Aztec empire, occupying what is now the centre of Mexico City, in what we know as the Valley of Mexico. At the time of the Spanish invasion in 1521, it has been estimated that its population numbered over 200,000, making it one of the largest cities in the world at the time. It was built on an island in the middle of a lake(a), a feature often found in many ancient Aztec towns and cities.
The features of Tenochtitlán have been frequently compared with Venice and its canal system, not to mention the concentric waterways of Atlantis described by Plato. Like Atlantis, it too has its central pyramidal temples as well as bridges and other structures.
Tenochtitlan had a huge marketplace described in Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks’ book, An Age of Voyages . “Tenochtitlan has a great marketplace where ‘sixty thousand people come each day to buy and sell… Its merchandise included ornaments of gold and silver, lead, brass, copper, tin, stones, shells, bones, and feathers …”(d).
>The pros and cons of Mexico hosting Atlantis are discussed by Lawrence Freeman, author of Beyond the Pillars: a search for Antediluvian civilizations(f), in a 2000 paper(e).<
Edward Ziomek continues to promote the idea of a Mexican Atlantis centred on Tenochtitlán(b) and/or Teotihuacan(c).