Montezuma Castle National Monument, AZ

Montezuma's Castle National Monument

Montezuma's Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument, located near Camp Verde, Arizona, in the Southwestern United States, features well-preserved cliff dwellings. They were built and used by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people around 1400 AD. Several Hopi clans trace their roots to immigrants from the Montezuma Castle/Beaver Creek area. Clan members periodically return to their former homes for religious ceremonies. When European Americans discovered them in the 1860s, they named them for the Aztec emperor of Mexico Montezuma II, due to mistaken beliefs that the emperor had been connected to their construction

Montezuma's Castle National Monument

Montezuma's Castle National Monument

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Published in: on January 14, 2009 at 3:49 PM  Comments Off on Montezuma Castle National Monument, AZ  
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