The Aztec people dominated central and southern Mexico from the 14th to the 16th century and are best known for having established an elaborate and wide-ranging empire destroyed by Spanish invaders led by Hernán Cortéz. The leader of the Aztecs during the Spanish conquest was the Great Montezuma II. Their name is derived from a mythical homeland to the north called Azatlán, but they also called themselves the Mexica. The Aztec language belongs to the Nahuatlan branch of the Uto-Aztecan family. Human and animal sacrifices were an integral part of Aztec religion. For warriors, the ultimate honor was to be slain in battle or to volunteer for sacrifice in a major ritual. The Aztecs are credited with the discovery of delicious chocolate, made from the fruit of the cacao tree.
The Aztec empire one of the greatest civillizations of the world that ever existed.
Powerful Indian people and empires that were wiped out by Spaniard-transmitted diseases. Were it not for this and the fact the Aztecs were not well-liked, Cortez and his 500 men would have easily had their asses handed to them by the Aztec empire of millions.
Cuauhtemoc was the last Aztec emperor, hung by the bastard Cortez.
Mesoamerican culture nearly impossible to discern from similar peoples such as Toltecs and Mayans, not to mention those pesky Mayans, as all societies possessed identical traits, ideologies, technological innovations, and motivations. AP World History students often receive the task of comparing and contrasting the four; to adequately do so would require a degree majoring in Mesoamerican history with a minor in Spanish, multiple years of life experience within the culture, and an IQ well over genius.
I have to right another goddamn essay on the differences between the Aztecs, Mayans, Inca and Toltec. Does anyone know who built Tenochtitaln?