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The Fall of Tenochtitlan

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echoes of the maya

Two friends sailed to Central America in 1839 looking for evidence of a lost civilization. Their journey took them through countries torn by civil war and controlled by bandits and rebels. When they weren't being held hostage, contracting malaria, or meeting Presidents and guerrilla leaders, they found themselves among mystifying ancient cities slowly being reclaimed by nature. Elaborately carved stone statues were buried by time, and massive pyramids were covered with incomprehensible hieroglyphics.

These two men were pivotal in the rediscovery of the Mayan civilization. Their books inspired generations of archaeologists to excavate and preserve Mayan sites like Chichen Itza, Palenque, and Tulum. And their illustrations were so accurate that they have been used to help decode the Mayan language even though the original stone hieroglyphics have been effaced and worn away.

Their names are John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood. They have been largely forgotten, but their story and their thrilling adventure is worth remembering.


The fall of tenochtitlan

Hernan Cortes was an ambitious, brutal man. His rival, Moctezuma, was the emperor of one of the world's largest cities. Cortes stops at nothing to bring the entire kingdom to its knees. This is one of history's most shocking events, and everyone in Tenochtitlan finds themselves confronted with the most dangerous threat they've ever encountered.

Why and how did Rome fall? Or Athens? Or so many other great civilizations? We don't really know. But with Tenochtitlan we know exactly what happened. This is that story.


How to master spanish

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Buy it, don't buy it. That's up to you. This book costs almost nothing. If the price is too high for you, you should ask yourself whether you're actually committed to learning Spanish, because I promise you that the price of true fluency is SO MUCH MORE than a few dollars for a book. If the lessons sound too intense or too boring, you should reconsider whether fluency is something you really want.

The journey to fluency is not for weak people. It's not for lazy people. But if you are serious about it, (or if you're unsure) buy this book and read about what it TRULY takes to get fluent. The journey is not for everyone. You've been warned.