Chichen-itza History, Mexico
Research work done by archeologists on the land, where today the city of Chichen Itza is located, proves that there were people living on this area way back during the Mayan culture. The presence of two cenotes (which are actually two natural sink holes) proves that the locals used to use them as the source for water. Even many archeologists found various artifacts from these cenotes thus proving that the people from Maya Dynasty would throw their favorite artifact into the cenotes so as to please the rain god.
Though people from Maya Dynasty had started to live in Chichen Itza from 2000 B.C.E itself still this city received the original recognition in terms of politics and trade during the terminal classic period which is actually around 1000 C.E.
There was a wing in the team of archeologists which claim that Chichen Itza wasn’t being ruled by a single Mayan King. As per these archeologists the city had its own municipal system like we have today in our cities. On the other hand many other archeologists don’t agree with such theory and as per them it was the King system like in most of the older dynasties which was being used by the Maya Dynasty to rule the city of Chichen Itza.
The city of Chichen Itza had always been an important place for business during the Mayan Dynasty rule. The port of the city was called as Isla Cerritos and it was heavily used during those days for various forms of water trading. This port was also responsible for importing those products which weren’t available in this city of Chichen Itza.
The reasons behind how the Maya dynasty fell in the city of Chichen Itza is yet to be unraveled. There have been few theories which prove that the city of Chichen Itza fell somewhere around 1000 A.D. Another theory claims that the city lost control once the king himself jumped into one of the cenotes just to prove that he was powerful. He couldn’t survive!
The Spanish Army started the conquest of Yucatan peninsula somewhere around 1526 and it was by year 1588 when they finally had full control over the city of Chichen Itza which worked as their capital during those days.
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travel tip by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
If you are around, take yourself at least time for one day, to watch the ancient city weith it´s temple ruins and houses. But you should be there at the opening at 9 o'clock, because at about 10 the busses with the tourist masses...