Project Choice: Aztec Civilization

Project Choice: Aztec Civilization
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  • When and Where? 
  • How would we even do that? This is all one huge swampy salt lake.
  • The priest said he saw an eagle on a cactus with a snake in its mouth. He said it was a sign from the gods that we are supposed to settle here.
  • One of the Aztec Achievements (Aqueducts) 
  • With these new aqueducts, I have all the crops I could ever need!
  • A Second Aztec Achievement (Chinampas)
  • With these chinampas, we can grow food in mass quantities that will feed the whole population.
  • Early in the 13th century in Mesoamerica (south-central region of pre-Columbian Mexico), the beginning of the Aztec civilization settled in swampy land. This would later be a challenge that the Aztec would have to over come.
  • A Third Aztec Achievement (Universal Education)
  • Even though we come from different families and are not all the same gender, we will get the same education.
  • The aqueducts are important because they brought fresh water to the city. This water cleaned the city and people. It was also used for drinking and watering crops. Without the aqueducts, the Aztecs would not have lasted more than a few days. 
  • A Fourth Aztec Achievement (A Dike Around the City to Protect from the Water Surrounding the City)
  • Chinampas are important because it was where the Aztecs grew their food. Chinampas are man made mounds of land. Without chinampas, the Aztec would have had a really hard time growing crops or they would have died of starvation.
  • Jaguar Warriors
  • The Aztecs educated every child, regardless of their social status or gender. This led to more advanced generations and people who knew how to do a lot of things.
  • The Aztecs had problems with the water surrounding the city (floods, over watering, etc.). To solve this problem, the Aztecs built a huge dike (dam) around the city to control water levels. The dike was made out of sticks, weeds, and stone. The dike also had working doors that let water in when needed.
  • To control the water levels we built a big dam that lowered the levels when they were too high, and raised the levels when they were too low. 
  • Jaguar warriors were the elite warriors of the Aztec Army. To become one, you had to catch 12 enemies over the course of two battles. The weapons they used were macuahuitl (a wooden sword studded with obsidian), spears, and atlatls.
  • Since I am a jaguar warrior, I am used at the battlefront for military campaigns, I can also capture enemies for sacrifices for the gods.
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