No one knows for sure where the Aztecs originated. Around the twelth century A.D. they began a long migration that brought them to the Valley of Mexico. They established a capital at Tenochitlan, now Mexico City. They ruled there until the Spanish conquest.
Aztecs Territory Map
What the Azrecs ate
The Aztecs also ate the corn right off the cob and used the kernels in soup, called pozole. The corn meal dough was often combined with beans and vegetables, wrapped in corn husks and steamed to prepare what the Aztecs calledtamales
- The Aztecs brought their many gods and goddesses with them. As a farming people, the Aztec knew the forces of nature and worshiped them as gods. Most important was their sun god, Huitzilopochtli. The Aztecs also used him as their god of war.
The Aztec Sun Stone
How They Kept Time
The Aztecs used primitive tools like stones, chisels and blades for their construction, rudimentary tools by modern standards, but it didn’t hold the Aztecs back. They focused on building strong foundations since the soil on their ground was susceptible to sinking due to the warm and often damp climate. The Aztecs used a colorful and easy to cut volcanic stone called tezontle to form the base of their constructions. The Aztecs additionally used local stone materials like rubble and limestone that were found in the area, and these were often traded as well.
- The capital city of the Aztec empire was Tenochtitlan, now the site of modern-day Mexico City. Built on a series of islets in Lake Texcoco, the city plan was based on a symmetrical layout that was divided into four city sections called campans.