Despite popular opinion, the Mayans never predicted any doom to occur during 2012. December 21st of this year is merely the end to a 5,125 period in their long-count calendar. No legitimate scholar found any evidence to show that any Mayan group predicted a huge doomsday in 2012 or any point in the near-future.
Fun Fact: When Peru and Bolivia Were One
The country of Bolivia was once part of Peru during the era of Spanish rule. After Simon Bolivar led Latin America to its independence he gave the option for either Bolivia to separate or stay united with Peru. They named the new country in his honor.
Fun Fact: Emperor of the Incan Empire
The Sapa Inca was a South America royal title that eventually rose to Emperor of the Incan Empire as well. The original founder claimed to be the son of the sun god Inti so every ruler afterward also claimed to be “son of the sun”.
Fun Fact: Machu Picchu Wasn’t Discovered Until 1911
While Spain had essentially forced their culture, religion, and language on most of Mexico, Latin America and South America and stole their lands and wealth, they had failed to find Machu Picchu. As a result the world didn’t know it existed until 1911. Luckily, the Spanish didn’t find it as they would often plunder and…
(Not So) Fun Fact: The Man Who Defeated the Inca Empire
The Inca Empire was officially ended by the conquest led by conquistador Francisco Pizarro. On a military note, Pizarro was considered better than Hernan Cortes as he was often out-numbered and was far away from Spanish posts that could give his men supplies. They captured Emperor Atahualpa and eventually executed him. A good majority of…