Metro Camarones, is it called that way because there were crustaceans in Mexico City? 


We discover for you the mystery of why the Metro Camarones is called that way, and we tell you that in this story there are crustaceans involved. 

In just over five decades, 195 Mexico City Metro stations have been founded, however, the origins of their names are often a mystery. This is the case of the Camarones station on Line 7. 

Because perhaps in that region of the Mexican capital there was a body of water where these crustaceans were found? Or perhaps the vocation of the area was to sell these animals wholesale? Or perhaps, many years ago, a family died poisoned after eating it? The possibilities are many. 

Metro Camarones, the origin of its name 

To begin to unravel the mystery, we must begin by saying that currently there is, near the aforementioned station, a road for cars called Eje 3 Norte Camarones.  

Its name is because, before it was a vehicular way, it was a natural stream, just like the extinct Río Consulado, Canal de la Viga or Río de la Piedad, among many other capital torrents that dried up or covered with concrete due to government decisions.  

Well, that stream, which today is Eje 3 Norte, was a hotbed of crustaceans that were not exactly shrimp, but tasted practically the same. These little animals were called acociles, which by the way still exist, are cultivated and consumed in states like Nuevo León, Chihuahua, Jalisco, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Morelos, Tlaxcala and the State of Mexico.  

Acociles, the Mexican shrimp 

The fact is that the food of the population of Azcapotzalco that lived around the torrent depended largely on the acociles, so much so that approximately in 1790, there was a town very close to the body of water, and to the now Metro station in question, was called Camarones. 

It was located on a royal road that went from San Salvador Xochimanca to the vicinity of Azcapotzalco, crossing the towns of San José, San Bernabé, Azpeitia and Santa Martha. 

Thus, with the construction of Metro Line 7, it only intended to tell a part of the lake and gastronomic history of this part of the north of the Mexican capital. 

  Source: Mexico Desconocido