The Aztec Civilization Easier - Aztecs were a wandering Native American tribe who came to Mexico during the 13th century. There they built a great civilization including cities, pyramids, and temples. In 1519 Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico and defeated the Aztecs. Harder - Aztec comes from the word Azteca, which is derived from Aztlán ("White Land"). Aztlán is believed to have been the northwestern region of today's Mexico.
The earliest Latin American civilization was the empire of the Mayans during two periods known as the Pre-Classic period from 2000 B.C. to 250 A.D, and the post classic period from 250 A.D. to 900 A.D. They controlled most of the Yucatan peninsula and part of southern Mexico. The Aztec empire first existed as many city-states, but eventually three of them formed a pact known as the Triple Alliance (Townsend, 2000). This Triple Alliance began to expand in earnest by overpowering smaller cities and overtaking the local
In the case of the Incas that origin is found mostly through historical text that has recorded the legend of their beginnings. According to myth, the Incan civilization began as a small warlike clan based in the Lake Titicaca region of southeastern Peru (PBS). It was here that the first Incan emperor, Manco Capac, emerged from the caves of the earth to unite these warlike clans together in the conquest of the valley of Cuzco, and eventually create the first Incan capitol of Cuzco, which would serve as the foundation of the Incan empire (Encarta). From this pivotal point on, the Inca began its vast expansion into the surrounding areas of Ecuador and into central Chile. Under the direction of Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui, the ninth emperor, the Inca also began a vast change in culture as society, government, religion and even language were revolutionized (Steele, 13).
Chandler Hickman World Civilization 1 Mrs. Gunter November 19, 2010 The Mayan Civilization The Mayan Indian Civilization was a civilization located in Mesoamerica, or modern day Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Belize areas of Mexico. The Mayan civilization influenced and was influenced by many other settlements in the area. The most recognizable culture of the Mayans developed between 2600 B.C. and A.D. 250. The Mayan civilization originated in the southern areas of Mexico at about 2600 B.C.
Sergio hernandez Pre-Columbian civilizations The Aztec Empire was peopled by a group that was once nomadic, the Mexicas. After their long journey from Aztlán, they found themselves to be outsiders until their god Huitzilopochtli sent them a sign to build their city. Within a few years after they started to build their city, Tenochtitlan, it became one of the largest cities in the world and their power became greater. Their power became greater and stronger because they formed alliances with two other cities, they were known as the Triple Alliance. The Aztec Empire approximately ruled from 1325 to 1510 during which they depended on social structure, religion, and food to maintain their stability.
Most of these cultures pertained to the great Post-Classic civilizations of the Toltecs and the Aztecs, with a few remaining to the Mayan civilizations that survived past the Classic era of Mexican history and made it into the Post-Classic. I will expound predominantly upon the Toltec and Aztec civilizations. The Toltec people were absorbed by the conquerors and in the south they became assimilated with the Maya, subordinates to the people they once conquered. After the fall of the Toltecs, central Mexico fell into a period of chaos and warfare without any single ruling group for the next 200 years, when the Aztecs gained control. The Aztecs originated from a legendary land know as Aztlan, a Nahuatl word likely meaning "place of the heron".
The Aztecs The Aztec Indians were known to have been formed when the Toltec civilization occurred between the 14th and 16th century. The Aztec names originated from the name “Azatlan” the homeland of the north, and were also known as the mexica’s. There foreign language came from the Nahuatlan branch of the Uto-Aztecan family. The Aztecs formed together after they migrated to Lake Texcoco after Toltec civilization. The legend know is that the Aztec’s created an empire from swamp land due to that there was no room in lake Texcoco.
Nations Identity Mexican immigrants, along with their Mexican American descendants, occupy a unique place in the story of U.S. immigration. They are known by many different names, come from divergent origins, and took widely different paths to becoming part of the United States. Millions of people in the United States today identify themselves as Mexican immigrants or Mexican Americans. They are among both the oldest and newest inhabitants of the nation. Some Mexicans were already living in the Southern and Western regions of the North American continent centuries before the United States existed.
For Aztec dancers, Conquest is a complex concept. It is not only associated to European and Euroamerican dominance, as it is in the case of American Indians in the United States, but to a certain sense of liberation. Before the Spaniards, there were indigenous groups that dominated the others, most of the times by means of war and cruelty. The Conquest, for Mexican Indians was a way to build on a new society, the Conquest was, beyond military, cultural; and it set the grounds for mestizaje, the cultural syncretism which is the root of our present society, in which we still have our Aztec dances, or variants such as Matachines, in Señora de Guadalupe
Colonial Architecture. In the early sixteenth century the conquest of America was mostly done. On the ruins of the great pre-Hispanic cultures a new culture raises. Mexican art is mostly based on religious aspects, with a great influence of Europe. In Mexico many monuments are build to show the power of the religion and to control the population.