The settlement at Copan, located between Honduras and Guatemala, achieved its greatest standing during the 5th century under the ruler the Great Lord Quetzal Macaw. The Great Lord was named after two of the most prominent birds in the area and he left a legacy of a settlement that thrived until the 12th century.
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The settlement of Copan is one of the most fascinating ancient ruins left behind in the world. In 1839, a traveler named John Lloyd Stephens remarked that "Copan lay before us like a shattered bark in the midst of the ocean".