MAGDALENA MIXIHUCA TOWN.
In their pilgrimage, native indians settled temporarily in Mexicanltzingo from where they were expelled, arriving later to Iztacalco or “place of the white house”. Later on, they moved to a land full of of tulles and ditch reed where, according to chronicler Alvarado Tezozomoc, Quetzalmoyahatzin, Huitzilihuitl’s sister, gave birth to a boy named Contallan, who would then become the first known son from the town of Magdalena Mixhuca. Due to this event, the place was called Mixiucan, which means “place of child birth”. The name is taken from nahuatl words MIXIHUI = to labor and CAN = place. The verb mixihui loses the “I” and is replaced with an “H”, when merged with termination “Can”, forming the word Mixihucan. The town kept its indigenous name until, according to popular belief, Moctezuma II first born daughter asked Hernán Cortés to send an image of Santa María so she could be the town’s patron saint in 1528. Cortés sent the image of Santa María Magdalena on September 15th in that same year, and the place changed its name to Santa María Magdalena Mixihucan.