was the Aztec
ruler of the city of Tenochtitlan
for a few weeks. He was elected before the death of Moctezuma II
, because Moctezuma II was being held prisoner by the Spanish. Cuitlauac died of smallpox
He took power in 1520; His reign was preceded by Moctezuma II and followed by Cuáutemoc.
Cuitláhuac, Veracruz is a municipality named for the Aztec ruler.