The Toltecs, Aztecs, And Mayans



TOLTECS>
The Toltecs were an Indian tribe who existed from 900 A.D. to 1200. They
had a capital city of Tollan, and their influences reached south to the
Yucatan and Guatemala. They were a composite tribe of Nahua, Otomi, and
Nonoalca. The Tolt ecs made huge stone columns decorated like totem poles.

AZTECS>
Aztecs were an American Indian people who rule an empire in Mexico during
the 1400's and early 1500's. They practiced a religion that affected every
part of their lives. To worship the Aztecs built towering temples, created
huge sculptures, and had human sacrifices. The center of Aztec
civilization was a river valley in Mexico. The emperor of the Aztecs was
called the "huey ...

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They fought not only to enlarge their empire but also to take
prisoners to sacrifice to the gods. The market place was a major center of
Aztec life, more than 60,000 people visited it daily. They had no system
of money, they traded goods and services for other goods and services. They
had no pack-animals, a nd as a result, they themselves had to carry all
their goods over land. The end of the Aztec empire came when the Spaniards
came. The first time the Spaniards were mistaken for returning gods. When
they returned to Spain, they told of all the gold that the Aztecs had. The
Spaniards returned one year later with canons and they had the help of the
other indian tribes of the area, in destroying the Aztec empire.

MAYANS>
The Mayan civilization flourished from the 3rd to the 16th centuries in
an a rea the included the peninsula of Yucatan and the eastern part of
Chiapas in Mexico, most of Guatemala, the western region of the Republic of
Honduras. In the Spanish ...

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