John Lloyd Stephens is an American explorer, writer and diplomat. Stephens was a central figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization across Central America and in the plan of the Panama Railway.
|Born||November 28, 1805, Shrewsbury, New Jersey|
|Died||October 13, 1852, New York City, New York|
|Resting place||New York City Marble Cemetery|
|Institutions||Panama Railroad Company|
|Alma mater||Columbia College, Litchfield Law School|
|Known for||Exploration of Mexico and Central America, including descriptions of Maya sites|
Mayan civilization was rediscovered by a North American adventurer.
He entered at Columbia at the age of 13 and graduated four years later as a child prodigy.
He happened onto the first Mayan ruins by chance, and from there he started to discover similar locations.
He came from a well-to-do mercantile family.
He was appointed Special Ambassador to Central America by Martin Van Buren, where he observed the country's federation of states disintegrate.
Take a break at the New York Marble Cemetery. Explorers of Central America. 19th Century Mesoamericans TM_VZ! Alumni of Litchfield Law School. Mesoamerican archaeologists. Mayaniists. Mesoamerican Americans. The explorers of the 19th century TM_VZ! American explorer