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The Aztecs The Aztec Indians who are known for their domination of southern and central Mexico ruled between the 14th and 16th centuries Their name is derived from Azatlan the homeland of the north The Aztecs also called themselves Mexica and their language came from the Nahuatlan branch of the Uto-Aztecan family The Aztecs were formed after the Toltec civilization occurred when hundreds of civilians came towards Lake Texcoco The late families were unfortunate and were forced to go to the swamp lands In the swamp lands there was only one piece of land to farm on and it was totally surrounded by more marshes The Aztec families some how or another converted these disadvantages to a mighty empire known as they Aztec Empire People say the empire was partially formed by a deeply believed legend As the legend went it said that the Aztec people would create an empire in a swampy place where they would see an eagle eating a snake while perched on a cactus which is growing out of a rock in the swamplands This is exactly what priests claimed to have seen while entering the new land By the year 1325 their capital city was finished They called it Tenochtitlan In the capital city aqueducts piping were constructed bridges were built and Chinapas were made Chinapas were little islands formed by piled up mud On these Chinapas Aztecs grew corn beans chili peppers squash tomatoes and tobacco Tenochtitlan the capital city was covered in giant religious statues in order to pay their respects to the gods In the Aztec religion a number of gods controlled an Aztecs daily life Some of these gods include Uitzilpochtli the sun god Coyolxauhqui the moon goddess Tlaloc the rain god and Quetzalcoatl the inventor of the calendar and writing Another part of the Aztec religion was human sacrifices For their sacrifices the priest
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