Aztec History

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Dig into the mysteries of Aztec history right here!  What was ancient Aztec art and culture like?  What about the Aztec religion?  And the legendary Aztec sacrifices?

The Aztec Empire was peopled by a group that was once nomadic, the Mexicas.  Their chroniclers told them that after their long journey from Aztlán, they found themselves to be outcasts, until they found the sign sent to them by their god Huitzilopochtli, and began to build their city.  And so the Mexica peoples continued, and the Aztec Empire began.

The city of Tenochitlan was soon to become one of the largest cities in the world.  The power of the Mexica peoples became more consolidated, and they began to form alliances.  Their military power grew as well, and they began to conquer peoples in the surrounding areas.

At the height of its power, the Aztec Empire was organized and strong, but ruled with fear.  In 1519, a clash of cultures was to take place, unlike anything before it.  Although there was much tragedy in both the Spanish and Aztec empires before this, the meeting of the two civilizations was disastrous.  In a few short years, the culture and structure of one of histories greatest empires would have virtually vanished.

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Did you know...
  • It was against the law to be drunk in public in the Aztec empire, unless you were over 70 years old!
  • Each Aztec home had a steam bath!
  • It is said that the major Aztec weapon could chop off the head of a horse with one blow!
  • Read on for much more ancient Aztec history!

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The Aztec Empire
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Aztec Timeline
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Ancient Aztec Religion
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Aztec Society Family
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Aztec Food
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Ancient Aztec Art
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Aztec jewelry
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Aztec calendar stone
Unlock the secrets of the Aztec calendar stone...why and when was it carved? What was its purpose? How was it rediscovered? Find out about the Aztec calendar stone here!
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Aztec Temples
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Aztec Alphabet
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Aztec Language
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Aztec culture
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Ancient Aztec Games
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Ancient Aztec Government
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Ancient Aztec Weapon
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Aztec Warriors
In the ancient Aztec empire, the Aztec warriors had a particularly high status in society, in spite of the high risk in their job. But what was the life of an Aztec warrior really like?
Aztec Map
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The Fall of the Aztec Empire
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Moctezuma II
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Cholula Pyramid
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About Aztec History
Aztec history - a fascinating exploration into a culture that is by no means dead. Find out about Aztec history and this website...
Hernan Cortez biography
Fascinating facts about the man who tried to bring down the Aztecs in this Hernan Cortez biography. Who was Hernan Cortes and what drove him to conquer?
New Aztec history facts
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Teotihuacan
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Aztec Calendar Wheels
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The ancient Olmec Civilization
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Moctezuma
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Traditional Mexican Food
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Aztec Chicken Recipe
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Mayan Civilization
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Aztec Symbols
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Aztec Creation Story
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Aztec Artifacts - 5 Surprising Finds
Since the fall of the empire, Aztec artifacts have been surfacing, telling the world about a civilization that once ruled supreme in Mexico...
A Look at Aztec Clothes
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Aztec Gods - Who's Who
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The Aztec Civilization: What was it like?
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The Aztec Calendar - mysterious origins and later uses
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Aztec Agriculture
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Aztec Children
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