Aztecs Essay

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Explain how the Aztec empire was created, and how did the empire contributed to its own destruction. The rise to power of the Aztecs (Mexica) and its own downfall is an important story and was accounted for just after the destruction of the Aztec empire. The formation of the triple alliance: Tenochtitlan (Tenochca), the Acolhua of Texcoco, and the Tepaneca of Tlacopan; together dominated most of Mexico between 1430 and 1521 AD. There are many factors that contributed to the success of the Aztec empire, and also a large number of factors that resulted to their own destruction many years later. The Aztecs were impacted by Toltec before them and also by the Maya, and owed a great deal to the founders of the first Mesoamerican civilisation; the Olmec. The Olmec was at its cultural height in the Preclassic Period in Mesoamerica, between 1000 B.C to A.D. 300. The Maya thrived during the Classic Period which was around A.D 300 TO 900. Now the Postclassic Period is determined as from 900 to 1500, where the Toltec were leading from around 900 to 1200. Then the Aztec civilisation was at its peak from 1200 to 1500 which was when the Spanish arrived. The Aztecs, like the Toltec were originally derived from the Chichimec people who spoke the Nahuatl dialect which is part of the Uto-Aztecan language family. The Aztec empire was inhabited by a group of people that were once nomadic, the mexica’s. After their long trip from Aztlán, the semi-mythical northern homeland, it was said that they felt like outcasts, that was when they saw a sign from their god Huitzilopochtli when they reached valley of central Mexico after 1168. The sign was of an eagle, perched on a cactus eating a precious serpent, the Mexicas took this sign as an indication that this was the place they should settle in. For hundreds of years the Tenochca were always being dominated by neighbours who were more

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