Every year when Columbus Day rolls around, Americans are treated to the pompous ponderings of academia and our media that portray the great European explorer as a rapist, murderer, and the despoiler of pristine, native innocence. Pseudo historian James Loewen, author of the unjustifiably acclaimed “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong,” is invited onto television to butcher the accounts of European exploration and conquest of the West.
To hear the multiculturalists tell it, Europeans like Columbus, Hernan Cortes, Francisco Pizarro, and others were all madmen whose sole purpose in the New World was to subjugate, pillage, and loot. The tales of their swashbuckling crews assaulting innocent and pure native cultures fill our children’s textbooks these days, teaching the next generation a history of European settlement that is closer in accuracy to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island than it is reality.
What is reality? Though initially impressed with the peaceful tribes he encountered, Columbus was later astonished by the brutality, ruthlessness, and uncivilized manner of natives. Ditto that for Cortes and Pizarro.
Contrary to the G-rated version of Aztec farmers, waterways, and technological advances that masquerade as history, it was an inhuman culture that preyed upon weaker tribes, sacrificed children with impunity, and ripped beating hearts out of the chests of victims to satisfy their bloodlust – like “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” except for real.
More evidence of that truth has now been unearthed in Mexico City:
A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure.
The tower is believed to form part of the Huey Tzompantli, a massive array of skulls that struck fear into the Spanish conquistadores when they captured the city under Hernan Cortes, and mentioned the structure in contemporary accounts. Historians relate how the severed heads of captured warriors adorned tzompantli, or skull racks, found in a number of Mesoamerican cultures before the Spanish conquest. But the archaeological dig in the bowels of old Mexico City that began in 2015 suggests that picture was not complete.
“We were expecting just men, obviously young men, as warriors would be, and the thing about the women and children is that you’d think they wouldn’t be going to war,” said Rodrigo Bolanos, a biological anthropologist investigating the find. “Something is happening that we have no record of, and this is really new, a first in the Huey Tzompantli,” he added.
It may be a first in the Huey Tzompantli, but it is hardly new information about the Aztecs or their culture. They were pitiless and inhuman savages – which is precisely why, contrary to what multiculturalists will admit – so many neighboring native tribes gladly joined with the newly arrived Spaniards to conquer the monsters and wipe them from the map.
Remember these skulls when your kid brings home his whitewashed accounts of Aztec culture from school this fall. And remember had the Europeans never brought civilized, superior Western cultural ideas to our shores, instead of reading about towers of disembodied heads, you and your family could have been part of one.