The Aztec And Inca Empires Essay

1692 Words Sep 27th, 2016 7 Pages
The Aztec and Inca empires grew rapidly during the fifteenth century and were far superior than the other Indigenous groups in their land. While these two empires expanded differently they both prove to be the most power empires to have existed in Mesoamerica. The Mexica, who were the Aztecs, and Incas became powerful through their military successes, and reformed religious ideologies. While both of these empires proved to be successful in growing their empires where they both experienced power struggles before the Spanish conquest. Civil wars and over ambitus expansionism lead to the empires power to be in jeopardy however, the empires would eventually fall due to the Spaniards conquering the land. The empires grew to prominence due to their military success which led to the growth of their empire expanding the Americas. In the book Religion and Empire by Geoffrey W. Conrad and Arthur A. Demarest, takes an in-depth view on both the empires rise to power. Firstly, the Mexica were not unified until the mid-fourteenth century where they became vessels of the Tepanec alliance and had control of the main homeland Tenochtitlan-Tayteloclo. (Conrad and Demes, 24) Through their alliance the Tepanec would influence the Mexica through the formation of the powerful warrior class which would become important in the Aztec empire leading to impressive military conquest. The Mexica eventually began to change rapidly through the rise of importance of their sun god…

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