The Aztec Empire History

The center of the Aztec civilization was the Valley of Mexico, a
huge, oval basin about 7,500 feet above sea level. The Aztecs were formed
after the Toltec civilization occurred when hundreds of civilians came
towards Lake Texcoco. In the swamplands there was only one piece of land
to farm on and it was totally surrounded by more marshes. The Aztec
families somehow converted these disadvantages to a mighty empire known as
the Aztec Empire. People say the empire was partially formed by a deeply
believed legend. As the legend went, it said that Aztec people would
create an empire in a swampy place where they would see an eagle eating a
snake, while perched on a cactus, which was growing out ...

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with mud and planted
seeds to create roots and develop more solid land for building homes in
this marshy land. Canals were also cut out through the marsh so that a
typical Aztec home had its back to a canal with a canoe tied at the door.
In the early 1400s, Tenochtitlan joined with Texcoco and Tlacopan, two
other major cities in the Valley of Mexico. Tenochtitlan became the most
powerful member of the alliance. Montezuma I ruled from 1440 to 1469 and
conquered large areas to the east and to the south. Montezuma's successors
expanded the empire until it extended between what is now Guatemala and
the Mexican State of San Luis Potosi. Montezuma II became emperor in 1502
when the Aztec Empire was at the height of its power. In 1519, the Spanish
explorer Hernando Cortes landed on the East Coast of Mexico and marched
inland to Tenochtitlan. The Spaniards were joined by many of the Indians
who were conquered and forced to pay high taxes to the emperor. Montezuma
did not oppose Cortes ...

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Some of the pictures symbolized ideas and
others represented the sounds of the syllables. Food: The principal food
of the Aztec was a thin cornmeal pancake called a tlaxcalli. (In Spanish,
it is called a tortilla.) They used the tlaxcallis to scoop up foods while
they ate or they wrapped the foods in the tlaxcalli to form what is now
known as a taco. They hunted for most of the meat in their diet and the
chief game animals were deer, rabbits, ducks and geese. The only animals
they raised for meat were turkeys, rabbits, and dogs. Arts and Crafts: The
Aztec sculptures, which adorned their temples and other buildings, were
among the most elaborate in all of the Americas. Their purpose was ...

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