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    The capitol of the Aztecs, Tenochtitlan, was in existence from the year 1325 until 1521 when it was taken over by Hernan Cortez and his men. Tenochtitlan was located in the Valley of Mexico on an island in Lake Texcoco. It was estimated that the size of this city-state was 8 – 13.5 km2. Tenochtitlan wasn’t the only city-state on this island, Tlatelolco was also located here, Tenochtitlan’s sister city. Legend says that this site was chosen because Huitzlopochtli, the god of war, ordered them to look for “the prickly pear cactus and build a temple in his honor” [3]. This is when they found the cactus, on an island, in the middle of the lake. The Mexica’s quickly began building and soon would become what we now consider one of the grandest…

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    Massive amounts of native people swelled Cortes’s ranks in defiance of the Mexica tributary system. Up to 100,000 Tlaxcalans joined with Cortes when he marched on Tenochtitlan. Schwartz states that “such figures emphasizes the fact that in many ways the conquest of Tenochtitlan and the fall of the Mexica Empire was as much a struggle among indigenous peoples as it was a clash of the Old and New Worlds” (Schwartz 15). When the Spanish arrived, “the peoples of the Mexica did not form a single…

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    While the idea that the arrival of Europeans to “The New World” brought upon the indigenous cultures of America no small amount of strife and misery, as well as fame and fortune upon the Spanish is widely accepted as fact, there is limitless dissention among historians about the true history of the conquest of “New Spain”. One event that exemplifies this dissention is that of the Siege of Tenochtitlan. In the following analysis I will describe and discuss two conflicting accounts that document…

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    The Tenochtitlan was important to the Aztec because there was where the most important ritual and ceremonial activities in Aztec life was held and it was the capital of the Aztec empire. The form of Temple Mayor was that it was a structure that stood 90 feet high consisted of two pyramids side by side on a huge platform. It was like a temple. The pyramids symbolized two sacred mountains: the Hill of Sustenance, which represented Tonacatepetl, whose patron deity was Tlaloc (the ancient god of…

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    Battle of Tenochtitlán The Battle of Tenochtitlán took place in the city of Tenochtitlán from 26 May to 13 August 1521. It narrates how the Aztec Empire commanded by Moctezuma II fell to the Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés. Despite the numerous battles between the Spaniards and the Aztecs, the Aztecs were unable to defeat Hernán Cortés and his troops. The Spaniards weapon superiority, indigenous assistance and other key factors led to the downfall of the Aztec civilization. This episode…

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    1324 A.D., the Aztecs built Tenochtitlan. Tenochtitlan eventually held a quarter of a million people. They were able to expand their land to twenty-five hundred acres, by pounding stakes into the lake bed, lashing them with reeds, and pouring mud and rocks into the water. In 1500, Tenochtitlan held two hundred thousand people; twice the population of London or Rome. Building Tenochtitlan took thousands of craftsmen and was covered in intricate, crisscrossed canals. To decide precise days for…

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    interesting the boys had a wider education than girls. Boys were taught to fighting skills, how to trade, and archery. Its boys choice if they want to join the military. There were slaves they were treated well. Slaves children got freed if u wanted unslaved u would have to be purchased. The Aztecs downfall was sad. They had an ruler his name was Moctezuma II. Moctezuma tried to make peace with everyone. But then in 1519 the spanish arrived to Mexico. Spanish took over the empire.…

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    The exploration and conquest of the Aztec Empire in 16th century lead to destruction and devastation at the hands of Cortez and his conquistadors. Hernan Cortez and his conquistadors landed on the Mexican Coast in 1519, their exploration led them to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. During their travel to city, they encountered the Txlancans, a enemy to the Aztecs and made them allies. They will play a important in the siege of Tenichcihlan. With the use of diplomacy Cortex was able to convince…

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    yet they both take place in Tenochtitlan and are both at the same time. There both great stories one about the land and the town. The other about the history of the land and how it came to be. It’s cool how two stories can be set in the same time and same place and be so diffrent. First I think you need to know a little about these stories then we can compare and contrast. In the story Popo & Ixtla the mean chareter is a princess named Ixtlaccihuatl she is the only child of the king. The king…

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    If left up to the text of the 16th century the fall of the Aztec Empire would be accredited only to Cortes, but as Kevin O. Collins stressed in The Fatal Flaws of the Aztec Empire we see that we must look past the conquest and look more to the political, and religious view of the Aztec. Writers, such as William Prescott saw the flaws in the manuscripts written by those under Cortes and stressed that it was the mismanagement of Tenochtitlan that caused its fall. Unfortunately for this paper I…

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