New Aztec history facts

Sep 29, 2021

How the Aztec Empire Was Forged Through a Triple Alliance

[History] The Aztec Empire was a shifting and fragile alliance of three principle city-states. The largest and most powerful among the three was Tenochtitlán, the island city built by the Mexica people, also known as the Aztecs. The Aztec Triple Alliance exerted tremendous power over a wide swath of central Mexico for just shy of 100 years (1420s to 1521) before falling to Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés...

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Aug 23, 2021

Flowers and songs: Aztec poetry

[The Sopris Sun] The Aztecs had a long literary tradition, with poetic works long before England had its Shakespeare or Spain its Cervantes. From the little that was saved from the destruction, we know of poets like Tlaltecatzin, Cuacuauhtzin, Nezahualpilli, Cacamatzin, and Nezahualcóyotl...

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Jul 14, 2021

What can the Aztecs tell us about themselves? The secrets of their ‘indigenous annals’

[History Extra] Views of the indigenous people of central Mexico have long been shaped by accounts written by Spanish invaders and colonial settlers – but, as Camilla Townsend explains, if we focus instead on the Aztecs’ own records, a very different picture emerges...

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Jun 03, 2021

Mexico raids building project next to Teotihuacán pyramids

[Associated Press] Mexico sent in 250 National Guard troops and 60 police officers Monday to seize land next to the pre-Hispanic ruins of Teotihuacán where authorities have said bulldozers were destroying outlying parts of the archeological site...

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Apr 12, 2021

Zaachila Ruins

[Atlas Oscura] You can explore the halls of tombs in the abandoned former capital of the Zapotecs...

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Mar 14, 2021

Bunnies helped a great civilisation in ancient Mexico thrive

[NewScientist] The trade in bunnies helped power an ancient economy. Teotihuacan, an ancient city in central Mexico, was an advanced metropolis where most people lived in apartment complexes. The city reached its peak between the first century and 550 AD. With about 100,000 residents, it was the largest urban area in the Americas at the time, of a similar scale and sophistication as other ancient centres like Alexandria and Rome...

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Feb 18, 2021

Mexico is Hiding The World’s Largest Pyramid

[Daily Beast] In the city of Cholula in central Mexico there stands a hill with a giant church on top which hides a manmade pyramid filled with secrets...

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Jan 19, 2021

Archeologists discover ancient Mayan palace in eastern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Archeologists have discovered a large palace likely used by the Mayan elite more than 1,000 years ago in the ancient city of Kuluba, near the modern day tourist hot spot of Cancun in eastern Mexico, Mexican anthropology officials said...

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Dec 10, 2020

Aztec ballgame returns to Mexico City after 500 years

[AFP] Five centuries ago, newly arrived in what is now Mexico, the Spanish conquistadors banned an indigenous game involving a heavy ball, circular stone goals and human sacrifice.

Now, a group of young players are bringing the game back to life for the first time in Mexico City -- without the human sacrifice -- at the site of an old garbage dump.

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Nov 24, 2020

Temple of Santiago Tlatelolco's Stones

[Atlas Obscura] Take a close look at the stones of the Temple of Santiago Tlatelolco, and you’ll notice they reveal episodes from Mexico’s past. The 16th-century church was constructed with material from the destroyed pyramids of Tlatelolco. The pilfered stones were not randomly placed...

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