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!