Excerpt from The Contributor, Vol. 2: A Monthly Magazine; June, 1881
To my mind there is something re markable in this name Tlapalan as signifying red country, for the Hue hue Tlapalan, appears to be the original land from whence came the different colonies that inhabited and peopled America in the early ages, Hue hue, meaning old. Thus we would say, Hue hue Tlapalan - old, or original, red country. Now, we may reasonably suppose that the country, at least, in the vicinity of the Red Sea, is of a similar color, and, Josephus says: This man was called Adam, which, in the Hebrew tongue, signifies one Mat reel; because he was formed out of the earth, com pounded together; for of that kind is virgin true earth. - Chap. I, 2 Antiq. Of the Jews. According to this authority, then, we learn that virgin true earth was originally red, hence, as I view the mat ter, we have a very natural foundation for the word Tlapalan - red country - as applied to that land in the vicinity of the Gulf of California, and for Hue hue Tlapalan, as applied to the original land beyond the seas, from whence came the primitive inhabitants of America.
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