Lambert M. SurhoneISBN: 978-6-1329-2297-7;
s origins are in the territory of the Aztec Empire, which remained a political division of New Spain during the colonial period. After Independence, parts of the state were broken off to form the states of Hidalgo, Guerrero and Morelos. After Mexico City was chosen as the capital of the new nation, its territory was separated out as well. These territorial separations have left the state with the size and shape it has today, with the Toluca Valley to the west of Mexico City and a panhandle that extends around the north and east of this entity.
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