Aztec Achievements

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The Aztec’s Empire was the most impressive, prodigious, and superlative civilization, which do well between c. 1345 and 1521 CE. They extended through most of Northern Mesoamerica, in what is known as Southern Mexico. The Aztecs were a tribe of hunters and gatherers, who shared essential cultural traits. The Aztecs were also called Tenochca, which provenance from an eponymous ancestor, Tenoch, and the historical name from Texcoco. From the title of Tenochca was obtained the name of their beloved city, Tenochtitlan. The Aztecs were skilled with a diversity of architectures and arts. Therefore, they had many accomplishments; some of them, remained today. Their culture and history are majorly known from archaeological evidence found in excavations. …show more content…

It was the capital city and religious center of the Aztec Empire. The island was founded in 1345 CE, and collapsed by the conquering of Hernan Cortes in 1521. The town migrated from the mythology of the god Huitzilopochtli, who divulged the direction and the name of the capital city. As the legend says, the city was meant to be on a precise spot; it should be built where an eagle was sitting on a prickly-pear cactus and devouring a snake. Precisely, that was what occurred, and the Aztecs started building the city in 1345 CE. On the city laid the construction of buildings, temples, and works of art that made Tenochtitlan one of the superlative and most magnificent, extended, and populous cities in Mesoamerica. Covering all of its territories, Tenochtitlan was about 12-14 …show more content…

Amongst the most important were the Temple Mayor of Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli, which was flanked by the Eagle’s House (named after its stone decoration) on one side and the pyramid of Tezcatlipoca on the other.” (Cartwright, 2018)

The Aztecs intensified the area of the city by creating unreal islands called chinampas. Nowadays, the chinampas are an achievement of the Aztecs that are well used by flower farmers in Xochimilco, a town near Mexico City. Chinampas are floating gardens that helped crops grow faster and efficiently. Also, tourists take boats to see this “floating gardens." The chinampas provided a connection to Tenochtitlan to the main island. Additionally to the chinampas, the Aztecs constructed aqueducts in the island, which are still used today by some countries to helped them get fresh water. For example, in the city of Chapultepec, the construction of aqueducts started in the 1420s, with the goal of getting clean water for Chapultepec's

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