World History Honors Period 3
February 24, 2015
What would one leave behind if one were to be remembered by this said thing? The Aztecs left behind their greatest accomplishments, and destroyed what can be seen as their weaknesses. The history of the Aztec civilization is still unclear due to many found biased sources. Some sources with Aztec bias and some others with Conquistador bias. What is known, however, is that the Aztecs were a civilization in Tenochtitlan, which is now presentday site of Mexico City, in the years 1350 to 1519. The Aztecs were a group with about about a population of ten thousand people. They were never really friendly with other civilizations and took over some civilizations as a result of their unfriendly gestures. It’s also known that the Aztecs were a polytheistic group that practiced disturbing activities. Regardless of what is found about the Aztecs, they are still one of the higherend civilizations in comparison to us currently for many reasons: dominant among other civilizations, faithful towards their religious beliefs, and advancement of agriculture and organization.
The Aztecs are civilized when compared to us today due to their dominance among other civilizations. Aztec rulers conquered many territories over the course of the years 1427 to 1520; some rulers were Itzcoatl, Motecuhzome Ihullcamina, Axayacati, Tizoc, Ahuizotl, and Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin (
Territorial Acquisitions by Aztec Rulers
, Document 1). Through the
Aztec’s gaining of land, the Aztecs are presented as dominant and strong due to lack of territorial
losses. The Aztecs can be seen as civilized when compared to us because we currently are protecting our land, not allowing others to take over. What the Aztec’s did and what we do are similar because both the Aztecs and us are protecting what belongs to us with the exception of us today trying to gain land from countries. Furthermore, it is depicted from the image in Document 2,
, that the Aztecs when fighting other civilizations, they tipped over enemy temples and lit it on fire and it is also depicted that Aztec warriors were large and strong when one is seen subduing an enemy. The Aztecs showed their dominance through their size and destruction of temples. Similarly when compared to us today, people work out in order to become more muscular. People today can be seen as being dominant and intimidating due their achievements of becoming muscular. Some of these more masculine people can also be cruel when communicating with those that seem inferior to them (the strong) which is similar to the Aztecs because they showed their cruelty through tipping over an enemy temple and lighting it on fire. In Document 10, from
Matricule de Tributos
, the image depicts many of the objects the
Aztecs demanded from other civilizations such as 5 strings of greenstone beads, 200 little jars of honey, 400 gourd bowls, or even one bin of maize. The Aztecs, like many civilizations, demanded tributes from conquered territories. It is also stated in this document that “the symbols represent different items that people in the provinces needed to deliver or they could expect military repercussions” This is similar to us today because of the subject of work; there is always someone better than another at a workplace. A person is to work for another person in order to gain money and survive. Like the Aztecs, people who had been conquered gave the Aztecs what they wanted in order to survive and protect themselves. In Document 7, World Civilizations: the
the Aztecs have been said to have used “the cult of war and largescale
human sacrifice for political purposes to terrorize their neighbors and subdue the lower classes” (Peter). The Aztecs had done what was best for them to instill fear into those around them; this ...
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