The house of Hernán Cortés is located in Antigua, Mexico north of the City of Veracruz.
For about 75 years it was the only official port in Mexico for the Spanish Empire and saw the transfer of immense quantities of gold and silver to Spain.
Antigua was the first municipality in the Western Hemisphere. It was also the beginning of the original Camino Real which led north to Santa Fe, New Mexico and San Francisco, California.
The ancient Casa de Cortés built of stones, coral and bricks is now a fascinating ruin covered with jungle vines. It was originally a customs house and armory.
This quiet little town of Antigua is well worth a visit.
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