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Aztec Success The Triple Alliance was a bond formed in 1482 between the cities of Tenochtitlan Texcoco and Tacuba We know the empire they created as the Aztec Empire Their reign included the conquest of many neighboring communities The immense amount of land and people they reigned over caused many problems because of the enormous distances and rudimentary means of communication This led to a special kind of rule where the remote cities received preferential treatment to guarantee their loyalty The tribute system the Triple Alliance set up was the backbone of their Empire and it financed the important religious festivals and the luxuries of the ruling class The tribute was collected from conquered lands and consisted of everything Mexico could produce and consume The system was quite flexible and adaptable to the problems of transport and the lack of an alphabetical writing system which made rapid communication troublesome The ever-expanding conquests created a bureaucratic and economic machine of enormous complexity that fed on a diet of tribute trade and a constant supply of sacrificial victims from near and distant lands Fagan 95 The success of the Triple Alliance in such a short period came from the unique government it created which incorporated a tribute system capable of combining the religious political and social values of the time The development of the Aztec Empire occurred in an amazingly short period The Mexica were the last group to migrate to the valley of Mexico toward the beginning of the thirteenth century van Zantwijk 40 Their late migration left them low on the social scale forcing the Mexica to wander for many years trying to find a permanent settlement Duran 13 They lived off the western shore of Lake Texcoco at Chapultepec for a short time but this land belonged to the Tepanec people In 1299 the Tepanec forced the Mexica to take refuge to the south of the lake on the outskirts of Culhuacan Leon-Portilla 88
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