Aztec Empire

Aztec Empire

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  • Welcome to the Aztec Empire, where we sacrifice people to the gods about 18 times a month and throw their hearts down the pyramid!
  • We are on Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire. The city is a series of  islands that were built by wrapping poles around lots of dirt.
  • Here is an example of how the island was built, you can see the thicker vertical beams and the ropes holding them together
  • In Tenochtitlan,  the priests and their family are the rulers. The king was directly related to the priest, and was in charge of everything. There were 3 main classes of people, the nobles, commoners, and slaves. The nobles were the ruling class, they had the ability to take important roles. The commoners were simple people  who did what they could. The slaves were controlled by the other two classes and did busywork.
  • This is a typical warrior, they fight for the empire for the day.  They don't kill the enemy, but capture them instead so that they can become slaves. If a warrior captures 4 people, they get the reward of becoming a quasi-noble.
  • Warriors were one of the many jobs a commoner could choose to do, other include artisan or merchant.
  • The Aztecs use a writing system where every symbol represented a different word or idea.
  • Thanks for coming on this tour!
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