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The Aztecs were a civilization in central America during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. The capital of the Aztec empire was [[Tenochtitlan]] which was built on islands in Lake Texcoco. The capital of Mexico, Mexico city, is built on the ruins of Tenochtitlan. Aztec society was build upon the many previous accomplishments of the people of Teotihuacan. Education among many of the Aztecs was important, including literacy, arithmatic, and history. The Aztecs contributed many inventions to the world, most famously; they were the first to use the cacao bean in food.
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The '''Aztec''' civilization in [[Central America]] lasted from roughly 1325 to 1521, controlling a population of roughly 20 million. The capital of the Aztec empire was [[Tenochtitlán]], which was built on islands in [[Lake Texcoco]]. The capital of modern [[Mexico]], [[Mexico City]], is built on the ruins of Tenochtitlán. Aztec society was built upon the many previous accomplishments of the people of [[Teotihuacán]]. Education, among many of the Aztecs was important, including literacy, arithmatic, and history. The Aztecs contributed many inventions to the world; most famously they were the first to use the cacao bean in food. The Aztecs also posessed a great deal of knowledge about [[astronomy]], and had a complex calendar system based on the positions of heavenly bodies. The Aztecs also made significant advances in irrigation.
  
 
==Human Sacrifice==
 
==Human Sacrifice==
  
Before the European Christians first encounter the civilization Human Sacrifice was very profound in Aztec civilization. Even though human sacrifice was widespread in middle america at that time, the Aztecs do it more extensively. For example at the santification of Tecnochtitlan Pyramid on 1487 the Aztecs reported of sacrification of tens thousands of prisoner over the span of four day.  
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Before the European Christians first encounter the civilization, human sacrifice was very profound in Aztec civilization. At the santification of Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán in 1487, records report the sacrifice of tens of thousands of prisoners over the span of four days.  
  
As described by Spannish accounts <ref>Díaz, Bernal (2005, published posthumously in 1632). Historia verdadera de la conquista de Nueva España (Introducción y notas de Joaquín Ramírez Cabañas). Editorial Porrúa, 24.</ref>, the Aztecs tore the heart from the sacrificed, alive (and sometimes, unborn foetuses). An afterward they rip the sacrificed limbs.
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As described by [[Spain|Spanish]] accounts <ref>Díaz, Bernal (2005, published posthumously in 1632). Historia verdadera de la conquista de Nueva España (Introducción y notas de Joaquín Ramírez Cabañas). Editorial Porrúa, 24.</ref>, the Aztecs tore the heart from the sacrificed, while the victims were still alive.
  
 
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Revision as of 18:18, 30 March 2007

The Aztec civilization in Central America lasted from roughly 1325 to 1521, controlling a population of roughly 20 million. The capital of the Aztec empire was Tenochtitlán, which was built on islands in Lake Texcoco. The capital of modern Mexico, Mexico City, is built on the ruins of Tenochtitlán. Aztec society was built upon the many previous accomplishments of the people of Teotihuacán. Education, among many of the Aztecs was important, including literacy, arithmatic, and history. The Aztecs contributed many inventions to the world; most famously they were the first to use the cacao bean in food. The Aztecs also posessed a great deal of knowledge about astronomy, and had a complex calendar system based on the positions of heavenly bodies. The Aztecs also made significant advances in irrigation.

Human Sacrifice

Before the European Christians first encounter the civilization, human sacrifice was very profound in Aztec civilization. At the santification of Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán in 1487, records report the sacrifice of tens of thousands of prisoners over the span of four days.

As described by Spanish accounts [1], the Aztecs tore the heart from the sacrificed, while the victims were still alive.

  1. Díaz, Bernal (2005, published posthumously in 1632). Historia verdadera de la conquista de Nueva España (Introducción y notas de Joaquín Ramírez Cabañas). Editorial Porrúa, 24.