Aztec Emperor Montezuma (Montezuma) was a superstitious
man who knew that someday Quetzalcóatl would return to Tenochtitlan after
departing to the City of the Gods (Teotihuacán), located in the North East of
the actual location of Mexico City, the place from which he would sail to the
east promising to return some day.
Quetzalcóatl, the Feathered Serpent, was depicted
as the only White God of Aztec mythology. In the 16th century, the Aztec Empire
was expanded to the Gulf of Mexico and ruled by Montezuma from 1502 to 1520.
Because of the wealth achieved through years of
domination over other Mesoamerican civilizations, Montezuma was rich and enjoyed
a fancy lifestyle, such as being served daily with fresh fish brought from the
Gulf of Mexico by servants that ran a relay race to satisfy the emperor's
Through these servants, Montezuma learned that a
White Man arrived to the coast of the Gulf and Montezuma had no doubt that
Quetzalcóatl returned home as promised. However, the white man was Hernán
Cortés, the Spanish conqueror who received countless and costly presents made of
gold and precious stones, that today are one of the most sought-after treasures
still lost somewhere in México.
Montezuma treasure included among other items, two
gold collars, and a huge alligator's head of gold, one hundred ounces of gold,
birds and other sculptures with feathers, gold and precious gems. There were
also wheels of gold and silver in different sizes, a large plate of gold with
embroidered leather works and many other pieces which global weight makes it
hard to believe that such treasure was taken out of the city when the bloody
battles between Aztecs and Spaniards began.
After Montezuma's death by the hand of the
conquerors the last Aztec emperor Cuauhtémoc, the Falling Eagle, was tortured to
reveal the locations of all the Aztec treasures. However, in a battle remembered
as La Noche Triste (The Sad Night) Hernán Cortés was defeated leaving
Tenochtitlán towards Popotla, a town adjacent to Tacuba, entrance to
Azcapotzalco the old Tepanec Empire.
Researchers believe that Cortés threw away the treasure in a middle point
between Tenochtitlán (downtown) and Tacuba (in the northwest), but other
theories make it hard to find that lost treasure, still waiting to be found.