The picture above is Montezuma, who was the Emperor of the Aztecs in the early 1500’s The Aztecs lived in the country that is now Mexico, but traveled to the Southern United States. The other pictures are where they primarily lived, and what some of their dwellings looked like. When the Spanish discovered North America, and traveled to the part that is now Mexico, they saw all the gold the Aztecs had; they decided they wanted it. They defeated the Aztecs and Montezuma and claimed what is now Mexico as their own. The reason this is important, is while they were traveling North into what is now Arizona, in search of the 7 Lost Cities of Gold, they came across huge cave dwellings 5 stories high
. They were so impressive they thought they must be Aztec, and so they called them “Montezuma Castle”. They were wrong; the cave dwellings here were built by Pueblo Indians. We saw the dwellings near Phoenix, AZ. They are impressive and near the Beaver Creek which provided water for the community. It is very peaceful here with lots of native plants.