Aztecs lived throughout the area now known as Central America. The Aztec capital city was Tenochtitlan, which was in the area of modern-day Mexico City.Know More
The Aztecs called themselves the Mexica. They originally came from a place called Aztlan, though historians debate about exactly where this was located. They roamed throughout the 12th century in what is now Mexico, eventually settling around Lake Texcoco. The Tepanecs expelled them from the region, and the Mexica settled Tizapan with permission from Cocxtli, who was the leader of a people known as the Culhuacan. From there, the Mexica settled Tenochtitlan, which is modern-day Mexico City. The Aztecs expanded quickly during the 14th and 5th centuries, building canals and settling much of modern-day Mexico.
Cortez arrived on the Yucatan peninsula on 1519, and this was the beginning of the end for the Aztec Empire. Prior to his arrival, there was a series of natural disasters, including severe floods, in Tenochtitlan. A comet appeared in the sky as well, which was thought to be a symbol of doom. Cortes allied himself with enemies of the Aztec known as the Tlaxcala and conquered the Aztec capital city in 1521. Cortes renamed the city Mexico City, and hung the emperor.Learn more about Ancient History
The Aztecs, as most Mesoamerican peoples, built their pyramids with a core of earth or rubble and an exterior of layered stone. In some cases, new pyramids were built over older ones. They were built steeply, with steps leading from the base to the summit.Full Answer >
The Aztecs sacrificed humans because they believed that without the sustenance of human life-blood, the sun would fail and the world would end. Their gods had sacrificed themselves to bring the world into existence, so humanity must continue the sacrifices to ensure the world remained sustained.Full Answer >
The Aztecs believed in three main gods, with their main god being Tezcatilpoca. They also believed in Huitzilopochtli and Quetzalcoatl.Full Answer >
Africanized bees, also known as "killer bees," live in South America, Central America, eastern Mexico and the southwestern United States. The bees, which originated in Africa and were imported to Brazil, are the result of breeding between the African honey bees and European honey bees.Full Answer >