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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 myth and truth as we glance again upon it. we're to visualize ourselves upon the seashores 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 encompassing simple is naked and open, and there's no vestige of guy and his habitation. distant, east, west, and north, faint mountain levels upward push, shimmering to the view within the sun's rays throughout the transparent upland air, when to the south appealing sparkling snow-capped peaks are obvious, and over all is the deep blue vault of the tropic highland sky.
We have stated that there aren't any vestiges of guy or his buildings to be visible, but upon looking at penetratingly in the direction of the north-east there could be saw the tops of 2 excessive ruined pyramids, the vestiges of the civilisation of the shadowy Toltecs. yet we aren't for the instant keen on those ruined buildings, for, as we watch, a band of dusky warriors, unusually clad, comes over the obvious. they arrive like males on a few set function, glancing approximately them, on the seashores of the lake, on the horizon, confidently, but with a definite imprecise wistfulness as of deferred desire. unexpectedly 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 carefully within the path 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 is often an eagle with a serpent in its beak.
Who are those males and whence have they arrive? they're the 1st Aztecs, and so they 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 stumbled on a urban and an empire. The hoped-for oracle is sooner than them, the promised image which that they had been bidden to hunt, wherein they need to understand 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 remarkable urban of Tenochtitlan arose, the centre of the unusual Aztec civilisation. therefore, fantasy files, used to be first verified the positioning of Mexico urban; prehistoric, despotic, barbaric, first; mediæval, darkish, romantic, later; good-looking and fascinating to-day...

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