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Aztlan (m)

Aztlan is the traditional name for the homeland of the Aztecs of Mexico. Some authors have seen this name as resonant with Atlantis. Aztlan or Azatlan is interpreted as the place of the herons or whiteness.

Inevitably, controversy surrounds the location of Aztlan with theories ranging from Utah to Mexico to Cuba and even further afield. Some legends appear to identify the Aztec homeland as an island in a small lake inhabited by herons, north of Mexico City. This appears to be a very modest claim for the origins of what became a mighty empire.

When they first arrived in Mexico the Aztecs allegedly told the Spanish that they had originated on a large island called Aztlan, which lay, in the eastern ocean. Andrew Collins prefers to interpret herons as cranes and then he proceeds[072] to point out that “although various species of sandhill crane inhabit North America, only one subspecies is found in the Antilles, and this is the endangered Cuban sandhill crane”. Collins is convinced that the vicinity of Cuba will be revealed as aztlanthe original location of Atlantis and the Aztecs as refugees from its now submerged remains.

In December 2016 a number of print and electronic media outlets tried to give the kiss-of-life to the idea that Atlantis had been situated in Antarctica(a). I also find that a highly speculative attempt has been made to link Antarctica with both Aztlán and Atlantis(b).

NOTE: Aztlan is the name applied today by Mexican Americans to that part of south-western USA that was ceded to the United States in 1848 by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. [California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and parts of Texas and Colorado].