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Using freshly translated documents written by the Spanish conquistadors more than 400 years ago and an array of high-tech equipment, Blakeslee located what he believes to be the lost city of Etzanoa, home to perhaps 20,000 people between 1450 and 1700.
They lived in thatched, beehive-shaped houses that ran for at least five miles along the bluffs and banks of the Walnut and Arkansas rivers. Blakeslee says the site is the second-largest ancient settlement in the country after Cahokia in Illinois.
Blakeslee, 75, became intrigued by Etzanoa after scholars at UC Berkeley retranslated in 2013 the often muddled Spanish accounts of their forays into what is now Kansas. The new versions were more cogent, precise and vivid.
“I thought, ‘Wow, their eyewitness descriptions are so clear it’s like you were there.’ I wanted to see if the archaeology fit their descriptions,” he said. “Every single detail matched this place.”
originally posted by: musicismagic
Cool, but did Jesus ever visit the Americas?
originally posted by: 727Sky
Not that I have read or seen but I guess you could say the church set their version of Christen soldiers called the conquistadors to rape and pillage the land thinking that would get the crown gold and converts. If you read any history about the conquistadors IMO they were some rabid religious idiots cloaked in a pious sounding mission ..
originally posted by: rickymouse
The Spanish were a very Jerky people back then, they took what they wanted to take and killed anyone who disagreed with them. The head of government in Spain expected something for the expense of the exploration going on.
Spain was not the only country desiring world dominance.
originally posted by: crayzeed
All the Spanish forays into the new world were accompanied by priests. These priests were Jesuits of the inquisition fame.
The gold part was the incentive for the conquistadors to protect them in their zeal to convert.
And the lands gained would be the Spanish crowns money in the bank.