The Aztecs By: Samad Alvi and Niema Foroughi

The Aztecs empire was huge in the Atlantic World. It was the power house of Central America at the time. Aztecs made new technology and made contributions to the world. Actually, if the Aztecs were not defeated, the US may have not existed at all. The Aztecs also joined forces other empires which eventually became the Triple Alliance.

Areas Inhabited
Much of the Aztec Empire consisted of wide spread areas of Central America. In 1195, the Aztecs settled in the Valley of Mexico. In 1250, they settled near Lake Texecco. During that time the Aztecs made the first temple in the world. In 1375, Acamapichtli became the first ruler of the Aztecs. The Aztec empire, which at its height was comprised of roughly five to six million people, spread over about 80,000 sq mi (200,000 sq km). Later on, the Aztecs formed the Triple Alliance which included the following empires: Texcoco and the Tlacopan. All the other small empires in the Basin became tribute-paying vassals of the alliance. By 1500, the Triple Alliance controlled an area of 200,000 square kilometres and a population of about 10 million. Aztec domination of the alliance occurred in 1502. The empire came to an end when the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes, took the emperorMontezuma II prisoner and conquered the great city Tenochtitlan (modern day Mexico City).


Everyday life
Aztecmen were mainly responsible for supporting their families and the women's role was to provide the family with clothing and food. The Aztec daily life for many of the men consisted of farming and engaging in craft work. The female Aztec life, on the other hand, mainly consisted of weaving and cooking. Every member of the household, including children, helped in the house. Many also created goods that were highly valued in the Aztec culture and were used for trading. Fathers were responsible for educating the boys in the family until they reached the age of 10. After this age, the boys were educated in a school connected with a temple. These schools taught religion and military training. Girls sometimes attended these schools, as well. However, they did spend most of their time working around the house.

Social and Political Organization
Politically, the Aztec society was based around an independent city-states system, called altepetle. The political and social organization was based on three castes: nobility, priesthood, military and merchants. Nobles held a large number of privileges not shared by the commoners, most importantly, the right to receive tribute from commoners on their land. Commoners on the other were free to own and cultivate land and to manage their own possessions, while still completing the services required by their lords. The Aztecs had a large and efficient army. Prisoners that were in war were used for human sacrifice to satisfy the many gods of the Aztec, notably Huitzilopitchli, the chief god, who was the god of war. Other economically important factors in Aztec success were local and long distance trading and commerce.


Religion was an important part of the Aztecs life. The Aztecs had three main gods: Huitzilopochtli, who was the native and chief god of Tenocha.Tezcatlipoca was the chief god of the Aztecs and also the war and sun god, and Quetzalcoat was widely worshipped throughout Mesoamerica. The Aztecs worshipped about 1000 gods, but the sun god was the most important. The most important part of the Aztec Religious life was human sacrifice. It was practiced in all Mesoamerica. Human sacrifices were also to the sun and earth for food to grow. The number of victims to the gods was enormous. During one famine, The Aztecs sacrificed over 10,000 people. Most of them had been captured in war. The Aztecs also had a strong belief in life after death.

Arts, Technology, and Developed Culture:
The Aztecs had arts and artists like workers who carved statues, and potter who made pots for numerous things. For example the stone workers would create statues from rocks and would create objects made out of green jade, and the potters would shape clay from their hands and carve it. Also the Aztecs usually designed pots for the rich or a ruler. For illness, the Aztecs used herbal medicines to prevent and cure illness.The doctors knew many cures for all sorts of things such as for fevers the doctors suggested that people should take steam baths because they thought they would clean and relax people. Music and dance was important to the Aztecs, and was also related to religion because the Aztecs performed dances for the gods. The most common instruments were, the rattles, whistles, trumpets, flutes, copper bells, and shells. The Aztecs used two different calenders, one measured time, and the other was used to fix religious festivals. The time measuring calender was used to see the best time for planting crops, and the religious calender told when to turn to the gods.


Places Traveled To:
The Aztecs traveled many years from their homeland, Aztlan, to Tenochtitlan in the 6th century. They populated central Mexico separating native speakers as they spread their affects south. their migration from Aztlan to Tenochtitlan influenced our world through their developments In our world today. So far, no text shows who was left behind in Aztlan, concluding that Aztlan became abandoned after the Aztecs migrated out. However, the Aztecs mostly stayed in their inhabited area around the wide spread regions of Central America.

The Aztec empire was huge in the Atlantic world, and was the powerhouse of Central America that time.The Aztecs made new technology, and gave many contributions to the world. Actually, if the Aztecs were not defeated, the US may have not existed at all.

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