Aztec Empire Research Paper

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The Aztecs, a tribe that originated in northern Mexico, arrived in Mesoamerica around the beginning of the 13th century. From their unique capital city, Tenochtitlan, the Aztecs emerged as the leading power in central Mexico. The Aztec Empire began as an alliance of three Nahua city-states: Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, and Tlacopan. They developed a complex religious, social, political and commercial organization.The form of government at the time of the Triple Alliance was a confederacy that bonded together militarily, politically, and economically. The Aztec empire was a multiethnic and multilingual political organization. The Aztecs had a system of standardized laws that strictly defined behavior and responsibilities and provided structure to…show more content…
Divorce, we are told, was legal, notably on the grounds of spousal abuse, and mothers could receive custody of their children. Women in childbirth were regarded as warriors, and those who died giving birth received honors due a warrior. Poetry, oratory, music and dance were deeply respected; sculpture and jewelry were brought to an extraordinary pitch of refinement. The emperor maintained an extensive menagerie of animals, and sumptuous flower gardens luxuriated everywhere, testifying to a great love of nature. (Hofstadter 1). This brought many of the region’s city-states under their control by the 15th century. Spanish ships landed in Mexico at around 1519. During this time the mighty Aztec Empire was at the height of it’s power. The Aztecs were so disciplined, so skilled in the arts of war, that their realm appeared invincible (Hofstadter 1). From their capital, Tenochtitlan the Aztecs controlled much of what is Mexico and Central America. Their population was one to be reckoned with, boasting some fifteen million people. Aztec buildings were just as well built as those in Europe, along with their temples rivaling the Egyptian

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