In the 1200s, the Aztecs made their way from Aztlan, where they were first roaming, to the Valley of Mexico to start a new life.
Yes! We are saved!
Yeah. We were.
Because they didn't look the most friendly, they spent the next 60 years being forced by city-states to move around in many places in the valley as hired soldiers or mercenaries, and soon they served for a city-state called Azcapotzalco.
According to the Aztec culture, if nomadic people were told by priests that they were to build a charming capital city on the spot once they saw a sign from the gods: an eagle eating a serpent while on a cactus.
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Then taking it as a sign from the gods, the Aztec people decided to settle there. It was on a small island in the middle of Lake Texcoco near Azcapotzalco. This is also where the Valley of Mexico is located.
By 1345, the Aztecs were set. Their capital city was called Tenochtitlan. They called themselves Mexica. The Valley of Mexico was an ideal place for them to rule. The forests were filled with wild animals, and there many interconnecting lakes.
When Cortes came in 1519, they quickly rose to power, and no other Mexican tribe had rose to power faster. They erased their past lives and created a better history. To make up for the limited amount of space, they took soil from the lake and created Chinampas by heaping them up. They also created canals, and it became a major way of transportation and caused traffic inbetween other city-states. The Aztecs thrived and created a beautiful and powerful city.