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AIM: How did the Aztecs build a great Empire? Do Now: What are the advantages to living in the city below?. HW: In a paragraph describe what your impression of the Aztec empire would be if you could go back in time and walk through one of their cities. The Aztecs 1200-1521 Geography

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AIM: How did the Aztecs build a great Empire?

Do Now: What are the advantages to living in the city below?

HW: In a paragraph describe what your impression of the Aztec empire would be if you could go back in time and walk through one of their cities.


  • The Aztecs

  • 1200-1521

  • Geography

    • South-central Mexico

      • Mountainous area.

    • Tenochtitlan: Capital city

      • Island in present day Mexico City.

      • Chinampas: “floating gardens”

  • Conquering Principals

    • Conquered people could govern themselves.

      • Had to pay tribute (tax)

    • Enemy Soldiers were used as sacrifice.

  • Religion

    • Polytheistic – Over 1000 gods.

      • Huitzilopochtli – Sun God

        • Human sacrifice


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What tradition from Aztec society is being depicted in this illustration?


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Why was human sacrifice needed according to Aztec beliefs?


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What advantages did Aztec society have over other Mesoamerican civilization?


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Why did warriors dress themselves in animal costumes in many cultures?


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How was the tribute system both a strength and a weakness?

How are the army & religious beliefs linked in the Aztec Empire?

How did human sacrifice hurt the Aztec Empire?


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