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just like the misty cloud-streaks of the early sunrise, the start of the tale of the unusual empire of prehistoric Mexico unfolds from delusion and truth as we glance again upon it. we're to visualize ourselves upon the beaches of Lake Texcoco, within the excessive valley-plateau of Anahuac, "the land amid the waters." it's the yr 1300, or a bit later, of the Christian period. The borders of the lake are marshy and sedgy, the encircling simple is naked and open, and there's no vestige of guy and his habitation. distant, east, west, and north, faint mountain levels upward thrust, shimmering to the view within the sun's rays in the course of the transparent upland air, when to the south attractive sparkling snow-capped peaks are noticeable, and over all is the deep blue vault of the tropic highland sky.
We have acknowledged that there are not any vestiges of guy or his constructions to be noticeable, but upon watching penetratingly in the direction of the north-east there may be saw the tops of 2 excessive ruined pyramids, the vestiges of the civilisation of the shadowy Toltecs. yet we're not for the instant thinking about those ruined buildings, for, as we watch, a band of dusky warriors, surprisingly clad, comes over the obvious. they arrive like males on a few set goal, glancing approximately them, on the seashores of the lake, on the horizon, hopefully, but with a undeniable imprecise wistfulness as of deferred wish. abruptly their chief halts and utters an ejaculation; and with one hand shading the sun's rays from his eyes he issues with outstretched arm in the direction of the water's aspect. His partners gaze closely within the course indicated, after which run ahead with joyous shouts and gesticulations. what's it that has aroused their feelings? close to the lake-shore a rock arises, overgrown with a thorny nopal, or prickly-pear cactus, and perched upon this can be an eagle with a serpent in its beak.
Who are those males and whence have they arrive? they're the 1st Aztecs, they usually have come "from the north"; and for hundreds of years they've been wandering from position to put, looking a promised land which their deity had provided them, a land the place they need to chanced on a urban and an empire. The hoped-for oracle is prior to them, the promised image which they'd been bidden to hunt, wherein they need to recognize the destined spot—an eagle perched upon a nopal with a serpent in its beak: and their wanderings are at an finish. the following they pitched their camp, and the following as time went at the amazing urban of Tenochtitlan arose, the centre of the unusual Aztec civilisation. therefore, myth files, was once first validated the location of Mexico urban; prehistoric, despotic, barbaric, first; mediæval, darkish, romantic, later; good-looking and fascinating to-day...

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