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The History of the Aztecs

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Essay title: The History of the Aztecs

The Aztecs

The Aztec Indians, who are known for their

domination of southern and central Mexico, ruled between the

14th and 16th centuries. Their name is derived from

Azatlan, the homeland of the north. The Aztecs also call

themselves Mexica and there language came from the Nahuatlan

branch of the Uto-Aztecan family.

The Aztecs were formed after the Toltec civilization

occurred when hundreds of civilians came towards Lake

texcoco. Late families were unfortunate and were forced to

go to the swamp lands. In the swamp lands there was only

one piece of land to farm on and it was totally surrounded

by more marshes . The Aztec families some how converted

these disadvantages to a might empire known as they Aztec

Empire. People say the empire was partially formed by a

deeply believed legend. As the the legend went it said that

Aztec people would create a empire on in a swampy place

where they would see an eagle eating a snake while perched

on a cactus which is growing out of a rock in the

swamplands. This is what priests claimed they saw while

entering the new land.

By the year 1325 Their capital city was finished.

They called it Tenochtitlan. In the the capital city

aqueducts (piping) were constructed, bridges were built, and

chinapas were made. Chinapas were little islands formed by

pilled up mud. On these chinapas Aztecs grew corn, beans,

chili peppers, squash, tomatoes, and tobacco. Tenochtitlan

(the capital city) was covered in giant religious statues in

order to pay their respects to the gods. In the Aztec

religion numerous gods controlled an Aztecā€™s daily life.

Some of these gods include: Uitzilpochtli (the sun god),

Coyolxauhqui (the moon goddess), Tlaloc (the rain god), and

Quetzalcoatl (the inventor of the calendar and writing).

Another part of the Aztec religion was human sacrifices.

For their sacrifices the priest would lay the man or woman

over a convex (rounded) stone, then he would take a sharp

knife and cut the victims heart out. They did this because

they believed that good gods could

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