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  A Brief History of Mexico

 

 

A Brief History of Ancient Mexico

Archaeologists believes that the earliest inhabitants of Mexico came from northeast Asia, crossing at the Bering Strait between Siberia and Alaska traveled down through North America into Central America, and arrived at the southern tip of South America about 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.By around 1,500 B.C. established agricultural communities existed throughout Mexico as the development of farming tools from wood, stone, bone, and horn assisted cultivation. In the Valley of Mexico, Teotihuacán emerged as the most important and largest city of the era. Called by the Aztecs “the place of the gods,” it bridged the pre-classic and classic periods. Its location along the route to the valley of Puebla was probably important for trade or military purposes. Around 600 B.C. early residents of the area around Teotihuacán initiated construction of what eventually became the most spectacular city in ancient Mexico. By 200 B.C. the focus was on major construction projects that included the Pyramids of the Moon and Sun, and the Temple of Quetzalcóatl. By the time of Teotihuacán, Quetzalcóatl had become the dominant deity and was widely worshipped in Mesoamerica. It is certain that the city was overrun in the eighth century A.D., with ample evidence that buildings were burned down or torn down.In 1200–1521 Aztecs gradually dominate much of Mexico. Spaniards defeat Aztec at Tenochtitlán in 1521 and Mexico becomes the colony of Spain and governed by Spain until 1821. 


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