In 1697 an Italian traveller named Giovanni Carieri visited Mexico. He found a country exploited by greedy Spanish merchants and fanatical and ignorant priests who were busily destroying signs of the old civilization. We found a great number of books say one chronicler but they contained nothing but superstitions and falsehood of Devil so we burned them.
In Mexico City Carieri met a priest who was an exception. Don Carlos de Siguranta scientist and historian who could speak the language of Indians and read their hieroglyphs.
From ancients manuscripts Siguranta has concluded that the Aztecs had founded the city of Tenochtitlan and the Aztec empire in 1325. Before them there was a race called the Toltec and before them the Olmos who lived in the tropical lowlands and according to the legend had come over the sea from the east -Siguranta believed from Atlantis.
From Siguranta Carieri learned that the Indian Civilization also had great pyramids including one at Cholula that was three times as massive as the Great Pyramid of Giza which Careri had visited on his way to South America.
Careri vent to the town of San Juan Teotihuacan and was impressed with the pyramid of the Moon and the pyramid of the Sun even though both were partially buried in earth.
In 1719 Careri published the story round the world voyage in nine volumes he was greed with hostility.
Mayan religious book is known as Troano Codex later a second part was found became Codex Tro-Cortesianus owned by descendents of Cortes. In this book Brasseur found mentions of a great catastrophe that had convulsed Central America in remote past 8 dentists by Brasseur as 9937 BC. And destroyed much of its civilization .
Brasseur learned that Quetzalcoatl, the white God who came from the sea was the inhabitant of the old Atlantis.
In the college of San Gregory in Mexico City Brasseur discoverers a manuscript in Nahuatl which is called the Chimalpopoca Codex in which he learned that the immense up healed had occurred around 10500 BC. But it was not one catastrophe but a series of at least four, each of which was caused by a temporary shifting of the earth axes .
Between 1864 and 1867 Napoleon sent a military expedition led by the Archduke Maximilian of Hasburg brother of the Emperor Franz Joseph. He left a legacy when he purchased from a Colector named Jose Maria Andrade a library of 5000 books on Mayan culture which he sent to Europe.
Augustus Le Plongeon was a gold prospector in California , a lawyer in San Francisco and the director of a hospital in Peru. Le Plongeon learned the Mayan Language and began to explore the forests of Yukatan alone. He found the Indians to be friendly and plolite and he was soon known as Great Black Beard.
From the Indians of Yuka tan he again heard tales of a great catastrophe.
He learned that they still preserved an occult tradition, they practice magic and divination, that their wise men were able to surround themselves with clouds, and even appear and male themselves invisible, material is ing strange and amazing objects.
Le Plongeon concluded that there flowed a rich living current of occult wisdom and practice with its sources in an extremely quiet past.
Le Plongeon learned to decipher Mayan hieroglyphs from a 150 year old Indian.
In Popular Science Monthly 1879 Edward Herbert Thompson wrote an article about light skin blue eyes people with serpent emblems on their heads who had come from the east remote antiquity.
As a student Thompson read a book by Diego De Landa the Spanish bishop who began his career by destroying thousands of Mayan books and are facts and ended by carefully collecting and preserving the remains of Mayan Culture.
He followed the text of Diego De Landa and bought the Chichen Itza land and started exploring the sacrifice well where it was said Mayan sacrifices women and çhildren.
At the bottom of the well he found hundreds of ritual objects of gold cooper and jade.
Only treasure of Tutankamon surpassed the Thompson findings.
When he died in 1935 at the age of 75 he had squandered most of his fortune on his Maya excavations.