The Spanish and the Aztecs. THE AZTECS. How Did the History of the Aztec Affect Their Worldview?. Aztecs believed they were following the orders of their patron god They followed his orders and migrated from northern Mexico to central Mexico and further south
So Aztec history has affected their worldview in the following ways:
Religion and their gods have always played an important part in how they view the world.
Their migration made them stronger as a culture and this gave them confidence and strength in how they viewed the world around them.
The Spanish believed that the world was theirs to take for the glory of Spain. They believed that Spanish imperialism was their right.
The Spanish had much better technology in the form of weapons than the Aztecs did.
Along with new technology, the Spanish also brought diseases with them that decimated the Aztec.
The Spanish also had a psychological advantage over the Aztecs.
Conflict of Religion
The Aztecs respected and feared the gods, and thought that the Spanish leader was a god himself. Therefore they treated him with respect and open arms.
The Spanish were on a mission to convert non-Christians to Christianity. They saw the non-Christian Aztecs as barbarians who needed change.
Conflict of Expanding Empires
The Aztecs were just starting to expand their empire in the only world they knew.
The Spanish were out to expand their empire worldwide and would let nobody stand in their way.
The Aztecs viewed war differently. They would rather negotiate first. If war was to follow, there were specific rules that they followed. Enemies were not to be killed, rather they were to be captured.
The Spanish believed in killing anyone that opposed them in their pursuit of land and money.