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The Aztecs are an ancient culture that had many customs and rituals that by modern standards are considered barbaric Their culture was made up of different social classes and was primitive yet very advanced They were located in the mainland of Mexico and their empire was quite vast over that area Their culture began around 1100 and ended around 1520 The exact numbers of the Aztecs is not known due to the age of their culture but judging by the size of their empire it was quite large The only figure I could find was that in 1519 there were more than 1000000 people living in the civilizations boundaries The reason that I was drawn to this culture was some of the practices that they had The most interesting being the human sacrifices to the gods and the large ball game that they played that sometimes went on for days without a stop The Aztecs lived primarily in a fertile volcanic valley of Mexico where they built their capital city named Tenochtitlan The land in which they lived was a plateau seeing that most of the surrounding was mountainous The soil in the settled areas was very rich and good for growing crops due to the volcanic eruptions that occurred The valley of Mexico was the heartland of Aztec civilization It is a large internally drained basin surrounded by volcanic mountains that are as high as 9000 ft in elevation Thousands of years of soil erosion had produced deep rich soils in the valley and a system of shallow swampy salt lakes in its center This gave the Aztecs a diverse variety of foods that could be available The salty lakes made available fish turtles insect larvae blue-green algae and salt The food that was eaten by the Aztecs varied by social classes The peasants lived mainly on corn and beans except for a duck or a crow that they may have trapped
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