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    An advanced society would be defined as a society that is highly developed or ahead of the times. Societies such as this would possess things such as; irrigated agriculture, long distance trade, writing system, and urbanization. Both the Aztec and Incan Empires reflected characteristics of an advanced society. The development of the Western Hemisphere resembled that of other civilizations. However, they were not as technologically advanced as others, although, they did build roads for long distance trade, they never invented the wheel to capitalize on their trading. According to some sociologist “the Americas were not blessed by nature.” Sociologist Jared Diamond points out that the Americas did not have many large animals that could be domesticated for food and transport; therefore, agriculture became a very important part of their lives. Prior to the Europeans arrival both the Aztec’s and Incan’s were large empires practicing polytheism and had many rituals that were performed by priests. Worshipping several gods and deities was common for both; however, the sun god was very important to both civilizations. Both civilizations were great warriors. While the Aztec’s had one big empire; the Inca had their empire split into four sections each with its own governor from the royal family. The Aztec’s ruled by a monarch and didn’t have the best control over their conquered peoples. The Aztecs used their conquered peoples as slaves; however, the slave’s children were free peoples.…

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    The Aztec Empire was once a powerful force in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica that fell from power during the early 16th century when the Spanish arrived and began conquering the so called New world. This conquest was hastened by their advanced technology and by the introduction of foreign disease’s that the Natives did not have resistance too. What many people don’t consider though is the possibility that the Aztec’s themselves also contributed to their downfall with their own beliefs regarding human…

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    expedition was stranded. Later Cortés arrived in Tlaxcala, which was a confederacy of about 200 towns and tribes that did not have central government. The Tlaxcalans fought the Spanish in three battles spanning September 2nd - September 5th of 1519. After the battles Cortés began to release prisoners with messages of peace. But, soon after he realized the Spanish were enemies of Montezuma, Xicotencatl the Elder, and Maxixcatzin. They persuaded the Tlaxcalan warleader, Xicotencatl the Younger,…

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    The Mexican codex map was made 50 years after the Spanish conquered the Aztecs in 1521. The map illustrates two Mexican towns of Tlaxcala, the traces of the Mexican native society and the influence of the Spanish conquests in these regions. The church of Saint Barbara Tamasolco and Saint Anna situated on the left and right of the map represents each of these towns. The writings on the map resulted from the combination of the local language of the natives and one taken from Spain. Also, many of…

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    Tadi walked home quietly so he wouldn’t startle anyone. On the way he saw warriors shoving prisoners toward the temple and priests trailing after them. Well I might as well watch the sacrifice, thought Tadi. So he followed the priests to the temple to find it very crowded. Dang it! I should have brought my hides thought Tadi. He butted his way through the crowd and got to the front. Tadi now knowed why there was such a big crowd. They had the landowner of the Tlaxcala tribe to sacrifice. First…

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    It is no secret Cortés knew how to manipulate the minds of the Nahua as he is quoted in Diáz, “Do you know gentlemen, that is seems to me that the Indians are terrified at the horses and may think that they and the cannon alone can make war on them.” The Spaniards moved on after Tlaxcala, to Cholula as it was geographically closer to Tenochtitlán. The conquest of Cholula as described by Diáz and Tapia, was a stepping stone toward Tenochtitlán and was seemingly meant to galvanize the…

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    Prehispanic Clothing

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    After the arrival and conquest of the Aztec Empire by the Spaniards, the production and use of clothes in Mesoamerica changed drastically. The Spanish people banned most of the Prehispanic dresses and body adornment, as they were considered as “uncivilized.” Indigenous, European and Asian fabrics influenced Mexican clothing production by the mid colonial period. The Spanish did not appreciated the local cotton, nor did they find the material produced on traditional backstrap looms wide enough,…

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    The Broken Spears Summary

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    occurrences or dreams that the Aztec people encountered. Nevertheless, these omens foreshadowed something destructive was going to occur in the Aztec empire. In 1519, many indigenous groups within the coastal areas began to spot strange boats with strange people on them. They referred to them as being great huge floating mountains. These were the first sightings of the Spanish near the coastal areas of Veracruz, Mexico. Some of the indigenous tribes believed the Spanish were gods and were…

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    Hernan Cortes was a Spanish conqueror and explorer who was recognized for defeating the Aztec empire as well as conquering the land of Mexico and claiming it for Spain. Born in 1485 in his hometown Medellin, Spain, He lived with his father, Martin Cortes, and his mother Catalina Pizarro Altamirano. His guardians were poor members of the lower nobility class. Hernan set sail to the new world at the age of 19.[1]. Cortes conquered the land of Cuba in 1511. In the year of 1518, Velázquez, an…

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    In the present article Carballo examines the temple and plaza offerings towards the process of urbanization that took place in central Mexico. He takes into account the site of La Laguna Tlaxcala as a case study to test the assumption of urban process through ritual performance. In other words, the process of urbanization can be defined as an integration of community membership and social differentiation of the individuals which includes power, wealth and occupational specialization. In this…

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