Aztec Contributions to the world

Mandatory, Universal Education

The Aztec empire is very different from the other empire because Aztec is the only empire that had education for all. No matter if your a boy, girl, rich, or poor you have to have education


This "Aztec invention" really came along long before the time of the Aztecs.  However, it was the Aztecs that introduced it to the rest of the world.

There was once a groups called the Zapotec of Mexico and Moche of Peru who popped their own corn long before the Aztecs.  But when the Spanish arrived, Hernan Cortes saw popcorn for the first time.  It was used as an ornament on headdress, and to adorn their god Tlaloc, the god of maize and fertility.  The Spanish wrote that the Aztecs had "a kind of corn that bursts when parched and discloses its contents and makes itself look like a very white flower".


Mexico  introduced chocolate to the world.  Chocolate was very important in the Mayan culture.It  was actually used as currency.  The Aztecs highly valued the cacao bean, and demanded it be a part of tribute.  Then they created something that would really make history -the Mayans had made before them and drink the chocolate.  This was a spicy hot chocolate drink that was popular among the upper classes.  It was actually a mix of cacoa beans, corn flour, water and chillies!

This evolve into a number of hot chocolate drinks.  When the Spanish came, they introduced the sugar.  And so this evolved into the hot chocolates and mochachinos that are enjoyed around the world today.  Now that's an Aztec invention worth noticing!

Chewing Gum

The Aztecs discovered that they could take the thick milky liquid from the sapodilla tree and harden it into gum.  The liquid was "chicle", a word you can still hear on street corners in Mexico from vendors selling chewing gum.

Antispasmodic medication

The Aztecs practised advanced medicine. They used a type of antispasmodic medication - a medicine that could prevent muscle spasms and relax muscles. this medicine has been helpful during surgery.

The Passion flower was used for this purpose, a flower which still grows in Mexico today. The passion flower is still used today as an herbal remedy, believed to help with insomnia, epilepsy, and high blood pressure.

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