The Mayas in Central America have endured the longest against the Spaniards.
- Aztecs and Incas were empires.
- Mayas lived in many city-states.
The Aztecs have never recovered from the fact, that their emperor Moctezuma was killed by some Spanish troops. Even less Spanish troops managed to kill the Inca king Atahualpa in South America.
Both empires took a quick end.
The heyday of the Mayan civilization has long passed, though. 500 years before the Spaniards arrived, most of the towns were abandoned and left to the jungle. Perhaps there was a great drought, but no one knows.
The Mayan city that survived the longest, is in the vicinity of El Mirador in today’s Guatemala. Tayasal held against the Conquistadores until shortly before the invention of the steam engine. This is because Tayasal is an island in a lake.
They destroyed all sanctuaries and built a church over the temple. Then they built the new town of Flores over the old one Tayasal.
Where today stands a lookout, some Tayasal Mayas have fled into exile.
Hernán Cortés, the conquistador, is still hated in Mexico today.
Would you name the two on a par with Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon and Ashoka?