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F.) and is now officially known as Ciudad de México (or CDMX), with a greater degree of autonomy.
A clause in the Constitution of Mexico, however, prevents it from becoming a state within the Mexican federation, as it is the seat of power in the country, unless the capital of the country were relocated elsewhere.
The first Spanish viceroy arrived in Mexico City fourteen years later.
By that time, the city had again become a city-state, having power that extended far beyond its borders.
The existing central place of the Aztecs was effectively and permanently transformed to the ceremonial center and seat of power during the colonial period, and remains to this day in modern Mexico, the central place of the nation.
The viceroy of Mexico or vice-king lived in the viceregal palace on the main square or Zócalo.
In Mexico City, the Zócalo (main square) was the central place from which the grid was then built outward.
The Spanish lived in the area closest to the main square in what was known as the traza, in orderly, well laid-out streets.
A major labor draft, the desagüe, compelled thousands of Indians over the colonial period to work on infrastructure to prevent flooding.
Floods were not only an inconvenience but also a health hazard, since during flood periods human waste polluted the city's streets.