A Brief History of Mexico, Edition: Updated by Lynn V. Foster

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The origin of the calendar, however, may very well have been in the Olmec lowlands because some of the days are named after tropical creatures such as crocodiles, jaguars, and monkeys. ” In the sacred round, numbers 1 through 13 rotate consecutively with 20 day names, then begin at 1 again with a new order of the same day names so that there is an unrepeating cycle of 260 numbered days. Calendar Round Throughout Mesoamerica, religious festivals and dynastic events were dated by the sacred round combined with the solar calendar.

D. 250 many cities first made their appearance throughout Mesoamerica, from the great city of Teotihuacán near modern Mexico City to the many southern cities, such as Izapa near the Guatemalan border, Monte Albán in Oaxaca, and the earliest Maya sites. D. 250 to 900 many of the Protoclassic cities achieved their greatest heights, from Teotihuacán and Monte Albán to Maya cities like Palenque in Chiapas and Uxmal in Yucatán. D. 900 to 1200 many of the classic cities were forever abandoned while others, such as Tula in central Mexico and Chichén Itzá in Yucatán, flourished.

Returning to Spain with proof of his discoveries, Columbus presented to the court six kidnapped Indians, an iguana, 40 parrots, and a pile of gold. His announcement excited many Spaniards, who took the divine mandate as an excuse to enrich themselves. Centuries of crusading battles had made warriors, not merchants, out of them.

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