TIL about Diego de Landa, the Spanish Bishop who ordered the systematic destruction of Mayan history

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  1. My favorite Maya/Spanish related story may be related to him. One of the Spaniards was trying to get a record of how the Maya language worked and asked for the letters for the alphabet. He got it all messed up because languages don’t work that way and he was being given the letters/signs for the sounds he was making. But my favorite part is when he asked for a sentence in the language the man he was working with wrote out the equivalent of “I don’t want to.”

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