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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

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.


Aim how did the aztecs build a great empire do now what are the advantages to living in the city below

  • 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


Aim how did the aztecs build a great empire do now what are the advantages to living in the city below

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


Aim how did the aztecs build a great empire do now what are the advantages to living in the city below

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Why was human sacrifice needed according to Aztec beliefs?


Aim how did the aztecs build a great empire do now what are the advantages to living in the city below

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What advantages did Aztec society have over other Mesoamerican civilization?


Aim how did the aztecs build a great empire do now what are the advantages to living in the city below

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


Aim how did the aztecs build a great empire do now what are the advantages to living in the city below

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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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