Empire of the Aztecs

Overview

Although their empire existed for only two centuries, the Aztecs managed to create a civilization that remains one of the most famous and influential of the ancient world. The Aztecs founded their civilization on an island in the Valley of Mexico, linked causeways to the mainland, developed far-reaching trade agreements, and built Tenochtitlan, one of the world's largest cities at the time of the Spanish invasion. Today, many people living in Mexico can trace their roots to the Aztec Empire. Empire of the Aztecs ...

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Overview

Although their empire existed for only two centuries, the Aztecs managed to create a civilization that remains one of the most famous and influential of the ancient world. The Aztecs founded their civilization on an island in the Valley of Mexico, linked causeways to the mainland, developed far-reaching trade agreements, and built Tenochtitlan, one of the world's largest cities at the time of the Spanish invasion. Today, many people living in Mexico can trace their roots to the Aztec Empire. Empire of the Aztecs opens with a summary of the rise and fall of the empire. It then explores the daily lives of the Aztec people, focusing on their social customs, religious practices, family and community structure, and cultural accomplishments. The Volume concludes with the legacy of the Aztecs and how it is maintained today.

Great Empires of the Past narrates the stories of the most influential empires in world history. Each volume in the series provides an overview of one empire or civilization, exploring its rise and fall, the extent of its influence, society and daily life, and impact in modern world. Numerous sidebars highlight connections to today, key primary documents, and interesting facts Full-color photographs and maps, a time line, glossary, bibliography, list of further resources, and an index provide readers with additional access to the information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604131499
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Great Empires of the Past Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part I History

Chapter 1 Building an Aztec Homeland 17

Chapter 2 The Triple Alliance 33

Chapter 3 The Spanish Conquest 51

Part II Society and Culture

Chapter 4 Aztec Society 73

Chapter 5 Daily Life Among the Aztecs 91

Chapter 6 Religion, Art, and Science 111

Epilogue 131

Time Line 141

Glossary 143

Bibliography 145

Further Resources 149

Picture Credits 152

Index 153

About the Author 160

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