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1: The Aztec Nation
... begun to eclipse the Toltecs as the dominant group of the Central Valley. By approximately the thirteenth century, the Chichimecs had replaced the Toltecs (Wolf 1998). About this time, another Nahua tribe known as the Aztecs began their migration, in c. 1168. They left their mythical mysterious homeland called Aztlαn, place of the herons, or Chicomoztoc, place of the seven caves, and migrated southwards through Michoacαn (Leσn-Portilla 1992). The Aztecs, or "Crane People," arrived in the Central Valley and obtained permission to settle at Chapultepec in c. 1248 (Caso 1958). The tradition of tribal conflict in the Central Valley was continued; however, it seems that the Aztecs, at first, were practically enslaved by the other Nahua tribes inhabiting the Central Valley. The Aztec culture would not be subjugated, however, and continued in its struggle for power. By the fourteenth century the ...
2: Aztec Indians 2
... west to east to rise triumphantly again at dawn - the start of a new day (Waters 203). The sun has been the focal point of energy and worship in many cultures throughout the world. The Aztecs were one culture that used the light of the sun to triumph over the Central Valley of Mexico. The Aztecs were indeed "the people of the sun". The Aztecs rotated their lives and structured their society around the spirit of the sun. In respect of the Aztec origin, this paper will center it's interpretations around the rays of the sun. The sun ...
3: Aztecs 5
... and exploit them for anything of value. The climax of the Aztec Empire and the conquistadors occurred when Motecuhzoma and Cortes met face to face for the first time. The Spaniards as well as the Aztecs had no clue what to expect. Motecuhzoma told Cortes, Our lord, you are weary. The journey has tired you, but now you have arrived on earth to sit on your throne, under its canopy. This ... the Spaniards believed, these fine gifts were not really a sign of Aztec submission but rather as a sign of wealth and power. In order to give proper respect to their so-called god, the Aztecs had to show that they were a worthy and powerful nation. The Spaniards took this as a weakness. They thought the Aztecs feared them, which boosted up their confidence level even though they were greatly outnumbered. The Spaniards had to communicate with the Aztecs by using La Malinche as an interpreter. She basically made the Aztecs ...
AZTECS The Aztecs came from Azatlan which is the mythical place of origin(Aztecs of Lost Civilization). Huizilopochtli, the god of war, told the Aztecs to leave Azatlan and wander until they saw an eagle perched on a cactus growing out of a rock and eating a snake( ...
5: The Aztecs
The Aztecs The Aztecs were the Native American people who dominated northern Mesoamerica at the time of the Spanish conquest led by Hernan Cortes in the early 16th century. According to their own myths and legends, they originated from a place called Aztlan, somewhere in north or northwest Mexico. At that time the Aztecs, who referred to themselves as the Mexica or Tenochca, were a small, nomadic, Nahuatl-speaking aggregation of tribal peoples living on the margins of civilized Mesoamerica. Sometime in the 12th century they embarked on ...
6: Aztec Mythology: Quetzalcoatl
... Human beings, by nature, seek to explain the world around them and attribute human qualities to natural phenomenon. This is not unique to any particular culture in any time or place in the world. The Aztecs Empire was no exception to this rule. The Aztecs like many non-western cultures in the sixteenth century had a pantheon of Gods to which they attributed the creation and workings of the natural world. One of their principle gods, Quetzalcoatl, had many manifestations ... the high priest (Brundage 102-03). The significance of this will appear later in the paper, but suffice it to say the name is in itself misleading when referring to this complex deity of the Aztecs. Many of the roles designated to Quetzalcoatl are unrelated to say the least, however the Aztecs seemed to be able to accept the various roles without question. The Aztecs, like many Native Americans, had ...
7: Daily Life of the Aztecs
Daily Life of the Aztecs Jacques Soustelle was an anthropologists that specialized in pre-Columbian civilizations in Mexico. The author used a collection of references in writing this book. The author did research his material in great depth. He used many quotes, including some from Cortez. This book covers the life of the Aztecs. The daily life as well as religion is wrote about. This book tells of the governing of this society. The structure of the city is very important as well as the buildings that were constructed by the Aztecs. This group believed in fighting for what they believed in. This society was also very civilized for this period in time. The center of Mexico was built on rocky and uneven ground. It was ...
8: Aztec Jungle Agriculture
... The Empire surrounding Tenochtitlan was connected by causeways and in some cases stretches of the lake bed would be drained and used to move larger commodities such as large stones or masses of people. The Aztecs were an extremely devout religious people(Stuart 81). They worshiped more than two hundred different divinities which individually ruled over some aspect of humanity(Stuart 81). An immense percentage of the Aztec divinities were devoted ... forested land being either clear-cut or over planted producing barren land or desert. The modern farmers of Central America could, perhaps, look at the great respect and nurturing given to the land by the Aztecs and understand what improvements need to be made. The Colhua-Mexica, Mexica, and Tenochca Indian tribes of the late 1300's had already made incredible advancements in such fields as astronomy, agriculture, and language. In order to facilitate their advancing, society the Aztecs were driven to find a cooler climate, secluded from other tribes, where they would be able to thrive as an Empire(Encarta 96). The Valley of Mexico provided all the Aztecs could dream of. ...
9: The Toltecs, Aztecs, and Mayans
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 ...
10: The Conquest of the Aztec Empire
... years. It would take another 8,000 years or so for these people to develop a relatively sophisticated agricultural system (Leon-Portilla xxviii). Of all of the nomadic tribes who wandered southward into Mexico, the Aztecs were one of the last. At first spurned and driven away by established tribes, the Aztecs persevered to develop an empire of immense wealth and power by the late fifteenth century. Due in large part to the accomplishments of their ruler Itzcoatl, the empire expanded to include millions of people from a host of different tribes, including the Cempoala, who would later aid the Spanish in defeating the Aztecs (Leon-Portilla xxxvii-xl). Because of the numbers of different people within the empire, the Aztecs had a very stratified culture. This could be witnessed in the great Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, whose grandeur ...

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