"Tula de Allende"
Tula (the ancient Tollan in Nahuatl language - "Place of the Reeds") is a town in Hidalgo State (Valley of México), central Mexico, some 100 km to the north-north-west of Mexico City. Toula was the capital of the Toltecs (early Aztec ancestors). The modern town is known as Tula de Allende; it covers part of the south-eastern portion of the Pre-Columbian city. Tula was the critical and highly influential empire, more so a political unit. This political unit was forged through a combination of alliances, conquests, and trade. It controlled most of central México and may even have extended to distant Yucatan in southern México. This reference also lends itself to the contention that the Toltecs of Tula were a group of great military prowess. This is demonstrated in their architecture and craft structures, specifically in Pyramid B, also called the Pyramid of the Morning Star. It has carvings of eagles, jaguars, coyotes, and pumas adorning its face and there are four massive warrior statues standing atop the pyramid. This all suggests that they were demonstrating their ability, skill, and power as great warriors. You can see me in front of the 4 Atlante Warriors (picture from December 1996).