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Prussia's Awesome Quest Part 2
  • Prussia: okay... good thing I left before things went awkward- oh, Spanny, Hiya!
  • Spain: Pru-Pru! What have you been up to lately?
  • Prussia: oh, perfect timing! Listen, I've been meaning to get advice for raising Germany as his awesome older brother!
  • Spain: oh then you've come to the right place! I know all about raising and taking care of children! First you gotta make sure that you're always there for them and that you'll protect them no matter what!
  • Prussia: that sounds good enough.
  • Spain: And once you gain their trust, you can make them wear the cutest of outfits and clothes!! They'll be super cute that others will get jealous! And another thing- OW!
  • Romano: shut the fuck up that's horrible advice you stupid fuck!
  • Spain: Romano, how can you say that? You were the main attraction to many women.
  • Romano: yeah, old women that tried to make me wear even more embarrassing shit!! I swear, I will get back at you someday, you bastard!!
Mayan History (Part 60): Tayasal

Nojpetén (called Tayasal by the Spanish) was the last independent Mayan city.  It was built on an island in Lake Petén Itzá, in the Petén department of Guatemala.  It is now covered by the modern city of Flores.

The name means “great island” in the Itzá language.

In 1194, the Itzá were driven out of Chichén Itzá after a rebellion.  The survivors wandered southwards through Yucatán and the Petén, eventually ending up on the island, where they built a new city.

However, Mayan & Spanish sources say that Nojpetén was founded in the mid-1400’s.  After the Itzá in Mayapan were deposed by the Xiu family, they fled south and settled on the island.  They divided the city up into four quarters, based on lineage.

The Spanish wrote that the city had 21 temples, the largest having a base of 16.5 square metres, with nine levels.  It was similar to the main pyramids in Chichén Itzá and Mayapan, but smaller.  It had a shrine on the top, with idols representing the Itzá gods.

Nojpetén was spared by Cortés and the conquistadors, but only temporarily.  In February 1697, a force of 235 Spanish soldiers and 120 native labourers, under the command of Martín de Ursúa y Arismendi arrived on the lake’s western shore, and on March 13th, they attacked the city, and conquered it.

The modern city of Flores.

Mayan History (Part 57): Tulum

Tulum is on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula.  It was built on 12m-high cliffs.

During the Postclassic Period [950-1200], Tulum was a major port for the city of Cobá, further inland.  It had walls (unlike most Mayan cities) – 6m thick in some places, and 4.5-6.0m tall.  It has five narrow openings, which can fit one person at a time.  Tulum was on trade routes both on land and sea, especially for obsidian.

Tulum was ruled over by Mayapan.  It seems to have been an important site for the worship of the Diving/Descending god.  Their population was 1,000-1,600.

The city survived for about 70 years after the Spanish arrived, which was unusual.  By the end of the 1500’s, it had been abandoned completely.

The Temple of the Frescoes was an observatory for tracking the sun’s movements.  It has a lower gallery, and a smaller 2nd-storey gallery. Its façade has depictions of the Mayan diving-god.

Temple of the Frescoes.

The Temple of the Diving God is smaller, and in the central part of the site.  It is called that because the diving-god is depicted in stucco on the western wall.

Temple of the Diving God.

El Castillo is a 7.5m-tall pyramid.  It was built in stages, on an already-existing building.  There is a small shrine, which would have been used as a beacon for incoming trade canoes.  It lines up exactly with a break in the barrier reef, through which the canoes would enter a cove and landing beach.

El Castillo.

The ruins from the air.

Looking towards the harbour.

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