Aztec Essay

834 Words Nov 17th, 2012 4 Pages
Aztec Essay

History has been very cruel to the Aztecs. What do you know about the Aztecs? The first thing that probably comes to your mind is human sacrifice, or them being very bloody and gory.
Well there is much more to the Aztecs than human sacrifice and wars. The Aztecs were a very advanced and successful civilization. They did perform human sacrifice, but it was a part of their religion, and it was common for cultures to sacrifice humans at the time. Also, all of the things we know today about the Aztecs come from the Spanish perspective, and the Spanish had every reason to make the Aztecs look bad. History should say the Aztecs were a well organized civilization who deserve credit, and should not be opinionated on because of
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The advancement of the Aztec marketplace brought amazement to the Spanish. Their marketplace was well arranged. This is what history should say about the Aztec Economy. The Aztecs had a lot of political power, and military power which led to many luxuries. The Aztecs expanded their empire through war and force (Territorial). They were fierce warriors who didn’t mind doing things the hard way. The Aztecs were blood thirsty when it came to war, and they were militarily organized. The Aztec capital had a large population in 1519, which was 300,000 (Carrasco). The Aztec civilization was very successful. They were so populated, that they had to expand their empire. The Aztecs demanded tribute from their conquered territories (Carrasco). This tribute led to lots of power, wealth, and the fulfillments of everyday necessities. This was their way of getting taxes from the people they conquered. We would miss out on all these facts from the Spanish perspective.
History should say the Aztecs were a well organized civilization who deserve credit, and should not be opinionated on because of their sacrificial ceremonies. They only sacrificed people because that’s what their belief was, and at the time, cultures were very religious, as they still are today. We should look at the Aztecs as a unique, and successful people. They may have been warlike, but they succeeded in what they needed to succeed in until they were conquered

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