The Aztecs spent much of their time conquering neighbors. However, they did not exert supreme control over the conquered peoples, they merely expected them to pay tributes. Tributes were both monetary and respect based.
The government was headed by an emperor and his royal family
Because of the immense size of the Aztec empire, the emperor would appoint auhtorities to rule regions of the empire.
Situated in what is now Mexico City, Tenochtitlan served as the capital of the Aztec civilization.
Before the Aztecs settled in Tenochtitlan, they were wandering desert nomads in search of an “ eagle eating a snake while perched atop a cactus.” The nomads found their great city when they stumbled upon the swampy lands of lake Texcoco.
In November of 1519, Hernan Cortes and his army wrought destruction upon the city leading to the eventual fall of Tenochtitlan.