Aztec Culture And The Aztec Civilization

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Aztec culture flourished in the highlands of central Mexico between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, AD. As the last in a series of complex urban civilizations in Mesoamerica, the Aztecs adopted many traits and institutions from their predecessors such as the Maya and Teotihuacan. The Aztecs also devised many innovations, particularly in the realms of economics and politics. Aztec civilization was destroyed at its height by the invasion of Spanish conquerors under Hernando Cortés in 1519. The Aztecs, like many other Mesoamerican cultures, used a limited form of writing that consisted of pictorial representations painted on bark paper and animal hides. (Diego 8). The Aztecs were a very religious group, many of their traditions and recorded history has been related to the religion of the Aztec civilization. Even after the Aztec culture was dominated by the Spaniards, religion was still a big part of Mesoamerican culture. Regardless of what happened to the Aztecs, religion never strayed from them even if their beliefs changed. The Aztec empire stretched throughout large portions of what is now Mexico and was powerful native empires that was created during its time period, the Aztecs though were immigrants of this area. According to their pictorial histories the Aztec peoples claimed to have migrated to central Mexico from a place in the north called Aztlan (Diego 10). The Aztec immigrants arrived in central Mexico during a time of low population and abundant land so it…
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