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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.

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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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Document 1

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

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Document 2

Why was human sacrifice needed according to Aztec beliefs?

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Document 3

What advantages did Aztec society have over other Mesoamerican civilization?

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Document 4

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

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Document 5

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?