Essay: Pre-Colombian Mexican Civilization and Colonial times

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The term Pre-Columbian is often used to describe the ethnic population of the Americas such as those of Mesoamerica. The term speaks of an era before the advent of European influences on the region. The following essay will attempt to show a glimpse of the ancestry of the Chicano  also known as Anahuac which literally means “The Land between the Waters” in the original Nahuatl dialect of the Aztecs. The civilizations of the Tolecs and the Aztecs will be discussed which include the legend of one of their greatest leaders Quetzalcoatl giving an insight into their rich culture and heritage.

Nearly 4000 years ago the lands of the Olmec, the earliest known Mesoamerican civilization, encompassed an area now commonly referred to the Gulf of Mexico. They existed around the era of 1300 B.C – 400 B.C. All the subsequent Mesoamerican civilizations (Toltec, Teotihuacano, Zapotec, Mixtec,  Aztec, Maya and  Andes (Inca, Moche, Chibcha, Cañaris) which followed were based around the original culture and influences left by the Olmecs (Coe, 1994).

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