The land that today is known as Mexico has been inhabited for thousands of years. This book provides a historical survey of the major preColumbian civilizations, such as the Olmec, Maya, Toltec, and Aztecs. It examines how the population of Mexico was changed by the arrival of Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century, and their subsequent three centuries of rule over the country. And it provides demographic and cultural information about the more than 118 million people who live in Mexico today.
Describes the statues of Easter Island, including theories on how they were built, the people who built them, and what the statues are like today.
Describes the Great Wall of China, including how and why it was built, the dynasties behind its construction, what it was used for, and what its like today.
Describes the mystery of Machu Picchu, including how and why it was built, the emperor who lived there, why it was abandoned, and what the ruin is like today.
Describes the mysteries behind Stonehenge, including how and why it was built, the people who built it, and what the ruins are like today.
Describes the Taj Mahal, including how and why it was built, how it was ruined and has been restored, and what it is like today.
The more than 3,800-year-old history of the land known as Mexico is populated with great military and political leaders, inspirational artists and writers, and extraordinary women. This book provides biographical information about some of the most important figures in Mexicos history, including the Aztec emperors Itzcoatl, Montezuma, and Montezuma II; the Spanish conquistador Hernn Corts; the 19th century political leaders Agustn de Iturbide, Antonio Lpez de Santa Anna, Benito Pablo Jurez, and Porfirio Daz; the revolutionaries Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa; and artists like Diego Rivera, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, Sor Juana Ins de la Cruz, and Frida Kahlo. Their biographies show how the contributions of these famous people, and others, made Mexico the nation it is today.