September 15, 2014

Aztecs performed human sacrifices

Human sacrifice was practiced to some extent by many peoples in Mesoamerica (and for that matter, around the world) for many centuries. But it was...
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One unusual Mayan weapon was a “hornet bomb”

By 300 AD, the Mayan Classic period was in full bloom. This was the age of kings. Great rulers such as Smoke-Jaguar (or Smoke-Imix), Pacal,...
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The Zapotec civilization developed the first writing system in the Americas

The Zapotecs, known as the ‘Cloud People’, dwelt in the southern highlands of central Mesoamerica, specifically, in the Valley of Oaxaca, which they inhabited from...
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The first great civilization in Mexico were the Olmecs

The first signs of complex society in Mesoamerica were the Olmecs an ancient Pre-Columbian civilization living in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in what...
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Mexico City is built on top of the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlán

The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán (at modern Mexico City) was founded in 1325 on a muddy island in the lake that at that time filled...
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Mexico is located in what is called the “Ring of Fire”

The Ring of Fire is an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. In...
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Mexican children do not receive presents on Christmas Day traditionally

January 6th is Three Kings Day in Mexico, known as the Día de Reyes. This is Epiphany on the church calendar, the 12th day after...
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The Poinsettia get its name from the first United States Ambassador to Mexico

The bright red leaf plant is one of the most popular during the Christmas holidays. The Poinsettia is also known as the Christmas Star and...
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Millions of Monarch Butterflies Migrate to Mexico Each Year

The annual Monarch butterfly migration is one of nature’s great spectacles and a top attraction for visitors to Mexico’s central highlands. Each year, as many...
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University of Mexico is the Oldest University in North America

The Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico was founded on 21 September 1551 by Royal Decree signed by Charles I of Spain, in Valladolid, Spain....
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First Printing Press in North America is in Mexico City

The printer Juan Pablos oversaw the printing of at least 35 books at this print shop between 1539, the date of the first book printed...
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The jaguar can be found in Mexico’s southern jungles

The jaguar’s present range extends from Southwestern United States and Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Apart from...
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