The Aztecs lived in the city of Tenochtitlan, which is a fertile basin about 50 miles long
and as wide(1,12). Surrounded by mountain ranges and several volcanoes the Aztecs have an abundant supply of water(1,13). With being 8000 ft above sea level the day were mild and the nights are cold during much of the year(2,28).
The Aztecs name means "heron people" their name is derived from the mythical
homeland to the north called Azatlan(4,16). This in mind their language (Nahuatl) also belong to the linguistic family as the Soshonean(2,46). In the Aztecs culture their main principal crop was maize(5,76). Maize was usually cooked with lime then ground to make dough, then patted into tortillas, other principal crops were beans, squash, tomatoes, cotton, chilies(5,76-7). The two crops maguey and agave were used as cord, sacks and sandals and a substitute for cotton in clothing(4,43). From the juice of the maguey was use in a mild form of alcohol called pulque, which was the ceremonial drink(4,45). Only the old men of the committee was able to drink pulque freely, otherwise among the younger generation couldn't get drunk except at certain religious feast(3,57). Drunkenness was considered a serious offense even punishable by death(1,82).
In the Aztecs culture there were clans, each clan there was tribes and each tribe was
divided up . Then each family were allotted sufficient land for its maintenance, if no one
were alive in the family, then the land were reverted back to the tribe. Urban communities, the
land were communal, each group called capulli was composed of a few families that... [continues]
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