The Rise of the Aztec Empire
The Aztec Empire (fig. 1) of during the 14th and 15th centuries was one of the most successful and powerful Mesoamerican kingdoms at that time. The community of people began in the middle of a lake and eventually became the capital of an empire. The Aztecs were comprised of multi ethnic and multi lingual individuals that lived in a large area that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf coast and housed over fifteen million people (Schmal). Their ability to be successful and have a powerful dominance in their quest was centered on their religious beliefs that were innate within everyone (Meyer 54). These beliefs drove them to conquest, to expand through the regions and to build wonderful temples. The Aztecs or as they called themselves, the Mexica, rose to power in a very short time as they searched for their promise land (Meyer 54). They were most interested in finding a place that they could call home. The cities, trade, agriculture, religion and societies were very important factors in their ability to survive and build a strong foundation for their lives as for their leaders.
After the fall of Teotihuacan, the Mayan civilization was full of life in every aspect. This was considered one of the most advanced groups of scientists of ancient America as they proved the system of calendars and writing (Kirkwood 21). History states that the ancestors of the Aztecs came from a place in the north called Aztlán, the last of seven nahuatlacas (Nahuatl-speaking tribes) to travel couth and to find the promise land. The Aztecs were spiritually led by their god Huitzilopochtli, meaning “Left-handed Hummingbird” (Miller 42). When they arrived at an island in the lake, they saw an eagle eating a snake while perched on a prickly cactus, that to them was a vision that was filled by a prophecy telling them that they had found their new