Published On: Fri, Feb 7th, 2014

The Man Who Owned a Wonder of the World: The True History of Mexico’s Chichen Itza

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Tonight at the Merida English Library located at calle 53 x 68, Evan J. Albright, author of “The Man Who Owned a Wonder of the World: The True History of Mexico’s Chichen Itza”, will be presenting at 7.00pm a public conference and book signing.

The Man Who Owned a Wonder of the World is the true story of Edward Herbert Thompson, an American archaeologist who explored the ancient cities of Yucatan for the great museums of the United States. The book is the result of ten years of research in Yucatan, the United States and other places in the world.

The Man Who Owned a Wonder of the World

The Man Who Owned a Wonder of the World

This book traces the rediscovery, restoration, and promotion of Chichén Itzá from the Spanish Conquest to the present. Among the things you will discover:

 

  • How Chichén Itzá was supposed to be the first Spanish capital in Yucatán, but was wiped out by a Maya rebellion.
  • That an American, Edward Herbert Thompson, owned Chichén Itzá for 50 years. The book describes in detail his most famous expedition, the dredging of the Cenote Sagrado (Sacred Well), and how the Mexican government later accused Thompson with theft of Mayan artifacts valued at more than $500,000 U.S.
  • The petty fights between archaeologists and the political battles they waged behind the scenes for the right to explore Chichén
  • The real history of how Chichén Itzá became a Mecca for tourists, and how one man risked his entire fortune to make Chichén Itzá one of the greatest tourist attractions in the world.
  • Finally, the behind-the-scenes political and legal machinations that eventually resulted in the sale of the main archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá to the Yucatan government in 2010.
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

 

Source: Merida English Library website

 

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  1. marie thompson says:

    I don’t have website but I am related to the thompsons of mexico please contact me

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