High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Cempoala was an important Mesoamerican city. It was the largest city on the Gulf of Mexico and the capital of the kingdom of Totonacapan occupied by the Totonac people. At its peak, it had a population of between 25,000 and 30,000. The name means "place of the twenty waters" due to several rivers meeting near the site and is eight kilometes from the current city of Veracruz, Veracruz, one kilometre from the banks of the Río Actopan and six kilometres from the Gulf. The city was an important staging post in the conquest of Mexico by Hernán Cortés.