Aztecs
Aztecs
• Lake Texcoco in Central
Mexico
• Tenochtitlan (capital) on
a swampy island
• canals linking parts of
the city
• s...
Aztec Architecture
• used grass and mud to
build houses
• built roads called
causeways
• built stone & brick
sculptures, p...
Aztec Language
• glyphs / pictograms
(pictures)
• codices (book with pages
made from tree bark)
Aztec Leisure Activities
• patolli (patole) a
board game
• art, writing, music
and dancing
Aztec Scientific
Knowledge
• chinampas (floating
gardens)
• accurate calendar
• medicine based on
spiritual & herbal
heali...
Aztec Religious
Beliefs
• priests offered human
sacrifices to make their
crops grow and to save the
universe
• most gods r...
Aztec Government
• emperor ruled (nobles and priests helped)
• Fierce warriors defended the empire and
conquered and force...
Aztec Economic
Activities
• tribute to the government in goods
or services (jewelry, clothes, crops
or working on projects...
A strong system of laws governed the economic operations of
the Aztec Empire. The main sources of income for the empire we...
The city of Tenochtitlan at the height
of its glory and power
Aztec Downfall
In 1519, a Spanish conquistador or explorer named
Hernándo Cortés heard of the gold and great wealth of
the...
What else did
you learn
about the
Aztecs?
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  1. 1. Aztecs
  2. 2. Aztecs • Lake Texcoco in Central Mexico • Tenochtitlan (capital) on a swampy island • canals linking parts of the city • surrounded by mountains (cool climate)
  3. 3. Aztec Architecture • used grass and mud to build houses • built roads called causeways • built stone & brick sculptures, palaces, temples & government storehouses
  4. 4. Aztec Language • glyphs / pictograms (pictures) • codices (book with pages made from tree bark)
  5. 5. Aztec Leisure Activities • patolli (patole) a board game • art, writing, music and dancing
  6. 6. Aztec Scientific Knowledge • chinampas (floating gardens) • accurate calendar • medicine based on spiritual & herbal healing
  7. 7. Aztec Religious Beliefs • priests offered human sacrifices to make their crops grow and to save the universe • most gods represented forces of nature (sun, corn, water, fire, mother, etc) corn water rainsun
  8. 8. Aztec Government • emperor ruled (nobles and priests helped) • Fierce warriors defended the empire and conquered and forced others to work as their slaves • had to pay tribute (a kind of tax) to the government in goods or services • war and tribute gained territory & economic power
  9. 9. Aztec Economic Activities • tribute to the government in goods or services (jewelry, clothes, crops or working on projects) • manufacturing and trade • mostly based on agriculture Harvesting wheat Aztec market
  10. 10. A strong system of laws governed the economic operations of the Aztec Empire. The main sources of income for the empire were tribute and taxation. The conquered regions paid tribute to the emperor and the Aztec citizenry paid taxes (with the exception of priests, nobles, minors, orphans, invalids, and beggars). Merchants paid taxes on the goods that they sold, artisans paid taxes based on the value of their services, and barrios paid taxes through the crops that they produced. Failure to pay taxes was punishable through slavery or the confiscation of property. Tribute System
  11. 11. The city of Tenochtitlan at the height of its glory and power
  12. 12. Aztec Downfall In 1519, a Spanish conquistador or explorer named Hernándo Cortés heard of the gold and great wealth of the Aztecs. He sailed with about 500 soldiers, some horses, and a few cannons to the area where they lived. Along with 10,000 Indian allies, Cortés attacked the Aztec capital. They took the last emperor, Montezuma, prisoner and later killed him. In the summer of 1521, the Aztecs were defeated.
  13. 13. What else did you learn about the Aztecs?

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