The Aztec Empire was located in what is now called central Mexico and was the last of the great Mesoamerica native civilizations to be overthrown. The Aztec Empire was overthrown in 1521 when Hernan Cortes, the Spanish conquistador, defeated the Aztecs at Tenochtitlan.Know More
The Aztecs were the dominant force in the region and were a nomadic tribe that was able to develop a variety of political, religious and social advancements. The Aztecs were able to create a number of crops including beans, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, maize, also known as corn, and avocados. They had an extensive irrigation system that allowed them to build numerous agricultural fields to feed their people. They were also strong hunters and were able to hunt armadillos, rabbits, coyotes, turkeys and snakes as well as fish.
The Aztecs also had a powerful leader and a powerful military. They built a sophisticated city-state of more than 6 million people. The Aztecs built static structures when it came to the various casts of people with nobles at the top and serfs and slaves at the bottom. The Aztec people were interested in furthering themselves intellectually and artistically, so they created a number of sophisticated inventions including the calendar wheels, which consisted of a 365-day solar calendar and a 260-day festival calendar.Learn more about Ancient America
The Aztecs main form of transportation was walking. They did not have any animals that could be used as a mode of transportation, and as a result, they had no kind of cart either.Full Answer >
According to The Columbia Encyclopedia, the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán was founded circa 1325 A.D. It was at this point that the organized Aztec civilization began, as they had previously been a poor tribe of nomads. The Aztecs reached the height of their power during the 15th and 16th centuries.Full Answer >
The most important jobs in the ancient Aztec empire were noble, priest and warrior, but there were a wide range of other jobs, including farmer, merchant and craftsman. Most young Aztec men became either warriors or farmers.Full Answer >
The Aztec religion believed in the balance between the gods, nature and humans. The people focused their worship on the god of war and sacrifice, Huitzilopochtl. There was a strong belief in the possibility of the world ending every 52 years if nature was not kept in balance.Full Answer >