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…Looked at whether the person imposing ruins of Memphis or Palmyra, whether at the foot of the great pyramid at Giza, wandering on the banks of the Nile, pondering whether among the mysterious abandoned citadel of Petra, no matter how vague it may seem to the origins of these cultural remnants of the prehistoric era, he gradually finds a fairly solid ground for the conjecture. No matter how impenetrable a curtain that hides the history of the ancient monuments, though here and there appear gleams, through which you can see the light. Known descendants of those who erected these monuments, also, albeit superficially, the history of Nations, traces of which surround us. The antiquities of the New world it is otherwise. There, along the coast of Peru, across the Panama isthmus and North America, in the canyons of the Cordilleras, in the impassable gorges of the Andes, and especially beyond the valley of Mexico city lie the abandoned ruins of hundreds of once mighty cities, erased from people’s memories and even lost the name. Buried in dense forests and inaccessible valleys, sometimes at a depth of about 20 meters underground, they remain a mystery knock us off and keep silence more than the sphinxes of Egypt. We know absolutely nothing about America before the time of the Spanish conquest. There is no even relatively recent, Chronicles; among the local tribes there is no tradition Dating back to the past. We also know nothing about the peoples that built these cyclopean structures, as know nothing about the faith that inspired the ancient sculptors, who decorated hundreds of miles of walls, of monuments, monoliths and altars with mysterious hieroglyphs, images of animals and humans, unknown to us life and culture, sometimes so fantastic and wild that involuntarily associated with delirious phantasmagoric dream crystallized into granite at the wave of hand of a magician, so that always result in confusion succeeding generations. Until the beginning of the nineteenth century, the existence of these ancient monuments was unknown. Petty, suspicious jealousy of the Spaniards from the beginning, stood as a Chinese wall between their American possessions and the too curious traveller, and the ignorance and fanaticism of the conquerors and their careless attitude towards everything except to satisfy their own insatiable greed – has hindered scientific research. Even enthusiastic notes of Cortes, commanders and chaplains of his army, Pizarro and his robbers and monks about the greatness of temples, palaces and cities of Mexico and Peru for a long time remained without attention. Dr. Robertson in his “History of America” even reports that the home of the ancient Mexicans was a “normal huts out of clay, turf and branches, like the homes of wild Indians”. And further, quoting the testimony of some Spaniards, he writes that “in all this vast country there was not a single monument or remains of structures, built before the era of conquest”.