A description of the aztecsmexicas as the native american people

Aztec empire

He ruled only 80 days, perhaps dying in a smallpox epidemic although early sources do not give the cause. To pay homage to our ancestors and to regain our status as indigenous Native Americans, we are uniting under the "Mexica Tribe" - a tribute to the "Mexica" and "Aztecas" and any descendants of Mexican tribes that have lost their tribal affiliation due to legislative genocide, paper genocide, blood quantum genocide by the colonizers. It is estimated that over a quarter of a million people were sacrificed each year by the Aztecs. Some Nahuatl words most notably chocolate and tomato have been borrowed through Spanish into other languages around the world. After his victory, Cortes razed Tenochtitla and built Mexico City on its ruins; it quickly became the premier European center in the New World. Chinampas, misnamed "floating gardens", were long raised plant beds set upon the shallow lake bottom. Later the class system took on hereditary aspects. European diseases like smallpox, mumps and measles were also powerful weapons against the local population, who lacked immunity to them.

Axayacatl was soundly defeated in a battle at Tlaximaloyan today Tajimaroalosing most of his 32, men and only barely escaping back to Tenochtitlan with the remnants of his army.

Spanish conquest[ edit ] The empire reached its height during Ahuitzotl's reign in — Matos Moctezuma, Eduardo. His death marked the end of a tumultuous era in Aztec political history. Calpolli leaders might be or become members of the nobility, in which case they could represent their calpollis interests in the altepetl government.

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Now you see it as "Mexico". Citation Information. In one legend, the warrior Tlahuicole was freed by the Aztecs but eventually returned of his own volition to die in ritual sacrifice. A calpolli was at once a territorial unit where commoners organized labor and land use, since land was not in private property, and also often a kinship unit as a network of families that were related through intermarriage.

Indeed, the freedom from Aztec domination may have been considered a positive development by most of the other cultures. The name Aztec, in fact, is said to have been derived from this ancestral homeland, Aztlan The Place of Herons.

In the origin myths of the Aztecs, they emerged originally from the bowels of the earth through seven caves Chicomostoc and settled in Aztlan, from which they subsequently undertook a migration southward in search of a sign that would indicate that they should settle once more.

Probably the actual figure of sacrifices was much smaller, but still numbering several thousands.

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Native Americans: Nahua History and Culture (Aztec, Mexica, Nahuatl)