If you are curious about how the extraordinary Aztecs lived and ran their empire, then keep reading!
The remarkable Aztecs formed a vast, organized empire renown for military prowess, expansive trade, intriguing culture, and ingenious agriculture - all from an island in a swamp. But where was their mysterious homeland of Aztlan? How did they ascend to dominance in the Valley of Mexico?
Explore the mesmerizing origins of the Aztecs, discover how a wandering desert tribe came to rule much of present-day Mexico, and investigate the spectacular - albeit somewhat depraved - culture that set their civilization apart.
This easy-to-read, comprehensive, and engaging history of the Aztec Empire will unlock the little-known and awe-inspiring stories and culture of a legendary people. This well-researched and authoritative presentation, accompanied by striking illustrations, brings the Aztec civilization to life.
Here are some of the fascinating questions you will explore:
What secrets have recent archaeological finds uncovered about the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican cultures?
How did the startling cultures that existed before the Aztecs influence them? What made these pre-existing cultures famous?
What prophesies propelled the Mexica into their empire-building destiny and formed their self-identity?
Why did the Mexica build their astonishing city on an island in the middle of a lake? How did it grow into one of the largest cities in the world at that time?
Was their mysterious homeland of Aztlan a real place? If so, where was it?
What's this story about an eagle on a cactus eating a rattlesnake?
How did the Mexica turn the tables to rule over the tribes that once dominated them?
What intrigue led to the coalition armies and the Triple Alliance?
How did the Aztecs form their extensive network of power and organize their far-flung city-states?
What were their mythology and religion like? Did they actually practice human sacrifice?
How did they use their stunning sculptures and brilliant artwork as a type of propaganda?
Were they really one of the first civilizations to require education for all classes and both boys and girls?
What did they eat? Was it anything like present-day Mexican food?
How did the common people live? What did they do for fun?
What did the Aztecs do when the Spaniards landed in their territory?
How did conquistador Hern�n Cort�s cunningly form alliances with the Aztecs' enemies?
And much, much more!