The center of the Maya world.
During the first millennium A.D., one of the world's great civilizations appeared in the dense jungles of Mesoamerica. All over the Yucatan Peninsula, the Maya mastered sophisticated principles of mathematics, architecture, agriculture, and astronomy and created scores of powerful city-states. At the center of this world was the city of Tikal.
Sprawling over twenty-five square miles, Tikal prospered from trade and military triumphs. Its rulers used its wealth to build a magnificent city of luxurious palaces, grand plazas, and some of the largest stone pyramids ever seen in the Americas.
The story of this great city-from its humble beginnings, through its wars, to its "golden age"-illuminates the Maya world in all its grandeur, blood, glory, and genius.
"Lavishly illustrated...Full and double-page illustrations, executed in watercolor, are detailed and provide a reconstruction of life more than 1000 years ago....This is a fascinating look at a civilization that disappeared both mysteriously and abruptly."
School Library Journal