Moctezuma came to the throne at the wrong time - ahead of the looming shadow of the end of the 52-year cycle. The cycle always ended the year 2nd Reed, and before it was only four years old. Because Moctezuma at this point already led the priestly caste, he knew very well how unfavorable omens. Even during the time of his accession to the throne astrologers have begun to predict that the end of the 7th cycle and will be end of the world, the end of the 4th era - the era of the Sun Fire. Once that is done at the time Ahuitzotl, sacrifice twelve thousand oashakskih prisoners may not have been too strong a means to propitiate the gods on the eve of such awful prospects and convince his people that made every effort to reflect the threat hanging over him end Sveta. Furthermore, the traveling merchants have brought news of the mysterious bearded men with white skin and ships similar to the fortress. The story of Columbus and his companions, without a doubt, embellished in the retelling, and recorded in the chronicles of picture writing these ships are likely to look like real fortified island rising out of the ocean waves.
From the White House to the Schoolhouse: The Presidential and Educational Leadership Nexus
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