Madrid’s Hidden Gem: Museo de América

Museum of the Americas in Madrid (Spain). Building from 1953.

Last month, I had the chance to visit a hidden gem among Madrid’s better-known museums: Museo de América (English: Museum of the Americas). Filled with thousands of pre-Columbian artifacts, treasures, and works of art, the Museo de América explores the languages, religions, and cultures of the Americas — from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del… Continue reading Madrid’s Hidden Gem: Museo de América

Meet the Tarascans: Fierce Foes of the Aztecs

At the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico (1519-1521 CE), two empires dominated the political and cultural landscape of Mesoamerica: the Aztec Empire and the relatively unknown Tarascan State. The Tarascans were the archenemies of the Aztecs, carving an empire of their own in the contemporary Mexican states of Michoacán, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Querétaro, Colima,… Continue reading Meet the Tarascans: Fierce Foes of the Aztecs

The Mysterious Ancient Puebloan Peoples (Anasazi)

The American Desert Southwest has some of the most impressive prehistoric ruins and artifacts in the world. Thousands of archaeological sites, spread about across the American states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, testify to the presence of a advanced civilization: the “Anasazi” or the Ancestral/Ancient Puebloan peoples. Long revered and venerated as the… Continue reading The Mysterious Ancient Puebloan Peoples (Anasazi)