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The Post Classic Period & The Aztec. Coe’s Mexico- chapters 8,9 & 10. The Post-Classic. War- a dominant trait Increase in human sacrifice City location Tollan- Tolteca Capital (Tula) Tarascan/ Purepécha - Michoacán Mixtecos- mountainous land in western and northern Oaxaca

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the post classic period the aztec

The Post Classic Period & The Aztec

Coe’s Mexico- chapters 8,9 & 10

the post classic
The Post-Classic
  • War- a dominant trait
  • Increase in human sacrifice
  • City location
    • Tollan- Tolteca Capital (Tula)
    • Tarascan/Purepécha- Michoacán
    • Mixtecos- mountainous land in western and northern Oaxaca
    • Zapotec culture at Mitla
the toltec state
The Toltec State
  • First to dominate
  • Tezcatlipoca- main god, war god
  • Tribute- looser military strength with a focus on art & entertainment
  • First leader- a general married to a woman from Xochicalco
    • Topitzin & Quetzalcoatl
    • Shift in power in 997AD
    • Myth of Tula- Civil War between Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl
    • Toltecs relocate to other smaller towns in the Central Valley of Mexico
the mexica from aztl n
The Mexica from Aztlán
  • Where was Aztlán? Four theories:
    • Huasteca, Zacatecas, Jalisco, Nayarit, Los Angeles?
  • Skills- warriors
  • Huitziloptzlí & the legend of the eagle & the snake.
  • Mexica changed their name to Azteca claiming the land of Aztlán.
the aztec empire
The Aztec Empire
  • Historical background
  • Cosmology/Religion and Ideals
  • Economy
  • Social structure
  • Military & Wars
  • Architecture
the aztec empire6
The Aztec Empire
  • Political Life
  • 1200-1250AD come as mercenaris
  • Militarism- the greatest empire of Mesoamerica (1+ million people)
  • Influence of Tlacaéle
    • Land ownership
    • Pochtecas
    • War as permanent policy (100 yrs. Of War)
    • 1520- Tenochtitlan
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The Aztec Empire
  • Class system
  • Gender
  • Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Family life
  • “ The Flowery War” mythology
  • Conclusion