The Mexican Codex Chimalpopoca, written in the native Nahua
tongue seems to suggest that there had been several attempts
from some land across the eastern sea to civilize the savages
and barbarians of Central America; but all that had failed
before Quetzalcoatl came in the scene. According to Torquemada,
twenty chiefs dressed in black, led by a great man, Quetzalcoatl,
arrived "out of the blue", one day, from the north
west (?). They landed at Panuco, now a village about twenty-five
miles south west of Tampico, in Veracruz.
"They were men of good appearance, well-clothed, in long
garments of black cloth like the cassocks of priests, open
in front, but without the cowls, the neck cut in crescent
shape, short sleeves, but wide, with nothing at the elbows.
This dress the natives use, today in dances and ceremonies,
in imitation of these ancient folks."
Clavigero, another colonial Spanish historian of Mexico describes
Quetzalcoatl as high priest of Tula, capital of Toltecas...
"He was white in complexion, tall and corpulent, broad
in forehead, with large eyes, long, black hair, thick beard:
a man of austere and exemplary life, clothed in long garments,
gentle and prudent. He was expert in the art of melting metals
and polishing precious stones which he taugh to the Toltecans."