In central Mexico the first major city was Teotihuacan, it is located right outside Mexico City and in 2 A.D. villagers who lived here long before it was a major civilization started to build immense a monumental city.
Teotihuacan had a population of as many as 125,000 people, which is the largest in the world at the time and they also had created a pyramid wider than the pyramids of Egypt. Their Pyramid of the Sun was 200 feet tall and the base or bottom of the pyramid was really wide.
Teotihuacan was also a really popular center for trade; the cities much known valuable trade item was obsidian. Obsidian is a dark green to black rock which is made when volcanic lava interacts with water and eventually hardens.
Similar to the Mayans the Aztecs had a religion in which they had to please the gods which led to human sacrifices which they thought the gods wanted. The Aztecs are not that much different from us they also believed in heaven and hell but, they believed in 9 hells and 13 heavens. They believed that darkness and the sun were both gods and that every single day they would wrestle which would supposedly explain day and night. You would think if they had gods they would have places of worship and they did they created amazing pyramids to honor their gods and commit sacrifices. The sun and darkness were only 2 out of over 1000 Aztec gods but, their main god was the sun, they even held days where priest would dress up and go to volcanoes which are extinct and hold sacrifices. Just like us their belief in the afterlife depended on how you live your life.
An arguable Aztec achievement is that education was mandatory and didn’t matter what gender, age or rank in the society. Most empires have education for only the upper class but, the Aztecs educated anyone no matter how much money they make.
Many people think popcorn is an Aztec invention but, it was only made popular by them, it was really invented by the Zapotec and Moche which influenced many of Mesoamerican empires. Back then popcorn was used as decorations for clothing and crowns to honor their god Tlaloc which was a part of their culture.
The Aztecs invented a mixture influenced by Mayans which contained a mix of cacao beans, corn flour, water and chilies. What came out was a very hot and spicy chocolate soup which can be considered “hot chocolate.” The Mayans really admired the cacao bean mostly among the upper class, also in the Aztec empire; this shows how the Mayans influence the Aztec culture. Without this invention we wouldn’t be able to have all the different types of coffee we have today (no Starbucks).