Freedom8 Mesoamerica


The overwhelming desire of ancient Mexicans to possess exotic merchandise is attested to by Mayan ruins on Isla Cerritos, an island only 650 feet in diameter, off the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, due north of the famous Mayan ruin of Chichén Itzá. Isla Cerritos was Chichén Itzá's main seaport during that city's apogee of power from 900 AD to 1200 AD. Here archaeologists have mapped a huge seawall and extensive docks, and found traces of an abundance of trade goods such as turquoise, obsidian, and ceramics. These goods came from places as far away as central Mexico and Central America.