The Antiquities of Tultica and Mexico

Another reason why the world was kept in ignorance of the antiquities of Tultica and Mexico, or, as the whole was anciently called, Anahuoe, is attributable to the gross misrepresentations of Robertson, the historian, who, as everyone knows, wrote the history of the conquest of Mexico. This writer says but little of the Mexican arts that is calculated to excite astonishment; and what is said by him, plainly evinces the strangest ignorance of facts, or an unpardonable and sillful perversion of truth. He says, in fact, that ‘there is not in all the extent of New Spain, any monument or vestige of building more ancient than the conquest.’ ‘The great Temple of Chollula,’ he says, ‘was nothing but a mound of solid earth, without any facing or steps, covered with grass and shrubs!’ He also says, that ‘the houses of the people of Mexico were but huts, built of turf, or branches of trees, like those of the rudest Indians!’

American Antiquities, 1837

September 3, 2014