Semi-Civilized Nations of Mexico, Yucatan, A. Central America

Semi-Civilized Nations of Mexico, Yucatan, A. Central America

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Chichimecs and Acolhuas. The various writers agree in assigning about four hundred years to the duration of their monarchy: they give the names of nine sovereigns, and a sketch of their history. Respecting all this, nothing is certain but the existence of their monarchy, that they built several of the ancient monuments of Mexico, and that they were an agricultural and populous nation. It seems also probable, from the accounts of the Mexicans, that they had made considerable progress in the arts and in the knowledge of the length of the year. It is quite idle to try to fix dates; and the details of their history are either pure inventions, or rest exclusively on vague tradition. We are repeatedly referred to books and annals; and facts are stated as positively, as if they were derived from contemporaneous writers. No ancient writings could exist but paintings of the same character with those we have in reference to the recent Mexican history. No such original painting of a date corresponding with the period of the Toltec monarchy has ever been produced; and it may be doubted whether any such was in existence at the time of the Spanish conquest. Prior to the Toltec monarchy, the name of another nation, the Olmeques, has been preserved; and the erection of the pyramid of Chollula and of some other ancient monuments is ascribed to them. This is purely traditional; and whether they spoke a different language from the Toltecs is not suggested. This is also the epoch of Quesalcoatl, the Prophet God, whom Sahagun believed to have been a Toltec. Tra l l dition ascends no higher: it has indeed preserved the recollection of the flood; but all the residue is a blank, which the Mexican priests have filled with mythological fables. Subsequent more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236816218
  • 9781236816214