The name Chapultepec means “grasshopper hill” and is of Nahuatl origin. This castle has stood for over centuries and has served as home of Mexico’s rulers and imperial leaders. It has also been a military school once, as well as an observatory. These days, however, the castle remains as one of Mexico’s most fascinating tourist attractions.
This is, according to historians, the lone castle in the North American territory that has not been occupied by the Europeans.
Construction for this castle actually started in 1785 under the rule of Mexic’s viceroy, Bernardo Galvez. He commissioned Francisco Bambitelli to as its engineer and was later on replaced by Manuel Agustín Mascaró. Both were part of the Spanish Army. Mascaro was accused by the viceroy of building a fortress in this castle and was accused of planning a rebellion but befor any of these accusations were proven, Mascaro died in a surprising manner. History books say that the constituents believed he was poisoned.
After his death, the development of the castle was delayed, and there was no qualified engineer to oversee this. Then construction was ordered stopped and the monarchy at that time would rather just sell the castle, but no one was willing to buy an unfinished building.
It wasn’t until 1806 that this was bought by the municipal government of Mexico City and more than fifty years later, this became the home of the Mexican Imperial Family headed by Maximilian I and Carlota.