Today in Latin American History
Spanish Explorers First Saw Ruins of Ancient Mayan City in 1576
Photo: Artists depiction of Copan (T. Proskouriakoff)
Today in Latin American history, Spanish explorer Diego García de Palacio first saw the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Copán in 1576.
By 900 AD only a tenth of the population was still present in the valley.
García del Palacio wrote a haunting description of the remains of the Mayan city in a report to the king of Spain, Felipe II.
However, no effort to explore or study the ruins were made in 1576.
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- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer André Santos who plays for the National team & Grêmio was born in 1983
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