Archivo General de la Nación takes you on a historical journey through life in the Mexican capital.
The lakes of Xochimilco and Chalco, located in the south of the Basin of Mexico, communicated with the capital through the Canal de la Viga. One of the favorite walks of the population, was to move in different types of transport, to visit different populations, until reaching the town of Xochimilco.
Flaming high-rise buildings began to populate the streets and avenues of the central area of Mexico City. The traffic of automobiles, buses, cargo trucks and motorcycles, accelerated the pace of the city, illuminated by spectacular advertisements, which heralded a new commercial and service era, to meet the rising needs of the population.
Large and small businesses supplied the population, which demanded an increasing number of merchandise. After the Second World War, during the decade of the fifties, the Mexican government sponsored a policy of import substitution and favored the production of manufactures. The industrial areas settled throughout the country and, above all, in the north of the capital.