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The Aztec saw the god Quetzacoatl as the destroyer and ender of their rich and beautiful empire Quetzacoatl was described to many as a man with a fair complexion and long dark brown hair It is said that in the 11th century Quetzacoatl promised the Aztecs that hed return in 500 years to destroy their empire and everything they stood for When Hernando Cortez invaded the Aztecs they had thought him to be the god Quetzacoatl because he portrayed much of what they thought Quetzacoatl was to look like Before the invasion of Hernando Cortez the Aztecs had built cities and developed a complex social political and religious structure from around 1427 until 1521 Setting an excellent and superior example of a great empire for future empires the Aztecs proved themselves worthyBefore the Aztec had settled in Tenochtitlan present day Mexico City they were a small nomadic Nahuatl-speaking tribe wandering their way through central and south Mexico Before they had settled the Valley of Mexico was the center of a highly and rich developed civilization This valley was dominated by the large city of Teotihuacan which soon declined and lost power Its people migrated out into central Mexico and there established a new conquest state In the 13th century the tribe invaded the valley and took over the Toltec cities and founded new ones They combined their own culture and traditions with those of the Toltec to keep peace to form the early Aztec civilization In 1325 they founded their great capital of Tenochtitlan This great city may have had a population of as many as 200 000 at one time according to some referencesThe main group that founded the empire was the Mexica As late arrivals the Mexica were forced by other larger groups within the valley to take refuge on two mushy islands near the shore of Lake Texcoco They believed a certain and profound legend that they would build a
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