“The Aztec Empire”
Jonathan Ramirez John P. Schmal History 30 No Citation
Dr. E. C. Orozco . January 29, 2014
In 1519, the Aztec Empire had dominance and was the most powerful kingdom in Mesoamerica. The kingdom was so large that it stretched for more than 80,000 square miles through modern day central and southern Mexico. Fifteen million people resided the kingdom and worshipped their emperor Moctezuma II in Tenochtitlan; Tenochtitlan was the capital city of the Aztec Empire.
The Mexica were Indians that ruled over the Aztec Empire at Tenochtitlan, which is the Valley of Mexico. The Mexica were once newcomers and outcasts of the Valley of Mexico, but with their intelligence and power, they conquered the Valley and became rulers of the empire. It is said that the Mexica originally came from a region known as Atzlan-Chicomoztoc; the name Aztec comes from the Mexica’s homeland.
The Mexica left their homeland, Aztlan, in A. D. 1111, to settle in Chicomoztoc because it is believed that they cut down a forbidden tree, which offended their god, Huitzilopochtli. Because of that occurrence, the Mexica were forced to leave Aztlan and find another place to settle until they received some kind of sign from their gods.
There has been a lot of speculation about Aztlan and its location. Some people believe that it wasn’t a real place and that it was just an idea, but many historians believe it was an actual place....
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