John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Ketryvud
In the dark night in October 1839 a wealthy lawyer from New York, and the architect of England embarked on an adventure that they could not imagine. Lawyer John Lloyd Stephens made his wealth as a writer, profited from a trip to Europe on "health reasons." He acquired a "persistent streptococci in the throat," engaging in politics for Andrew Jackson. The doctor recommended a trip to Europe. While in Europe, he sent the article about the "case of traveling back to his friend in the American Monthly magazine, which were quite successful. The influx of immigrants to the United States flooded all the vehicles back, so Stevens continued his journey to Egypt, Arabia, the Holy Land, Petro, Turkey, Russia, Poland, and, indeed, England. He visited Jerusalem, met the English architect Frederick Ketryvuda, who is trying to make a living by drawing and sketching the ruins of Rome's architecture, the Holy Land. Holy Land Map drawn Ketryvud and was so impressed by it that he later looked at Ketryvud in England.
Back in New York Stevens folded his notes, "Incidents of travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraeya and the Holy Land," published in 1837. It was a surprising success, and was followed by "travel incident in Greece, Turkey, Russia and Poland" Stevens set financially.
There are rumors of large cities in Central America, and Stevens enlisted his friend Ketryvudu, who moved to New York, to join him on a trip to Central America. Stevens described his friend as "… an experienced traveler and a personal friend who has spent more than ten years of his life in the diligent study of the antiquities of the Old World, and which, as one familiar with the remnants of the ancient architectural grandeur …"
While in Central America it was known only to the three archeological sites – Conan, Palenque and Uxmal. Nobody connects the city with a well-known culture, and the name "Maya" is little known. According to Victor Wolfgang von Hagen, who wrote the introduction to the reissue of Stephen book "Incidents of travel in the Yucatan," "The adoption of the indigenous" civilizations "asked the American lives in 1839. The complete reorientation; his Indian & # 39; was one of those barbarian half-naked inhabitants typi, coarse inhumane people who hunted animal reserve. "
Before from & # 39 porch of his old friend, now a US President Andrew Jackson appointed Ambassador Stevens in Central America. He accepted the post, hoping that it would help him to find the "lost civilizations". Again with von Hagen, "Put within the political and social chaos in Central America, they discovered that to find the lost city is much easier than finding the lost government."
So, in October 1839, John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Ketryvud sailed to Belize in significant journey that first convict the lost wonders of the Mayan civilization in America.