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What ended the Aztec civilization?
Invaders led by the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés overthrew the Aztec Empire by force and captured Tenochtitlan in 1521, bringing an end to Mesoamerica’s last great native civilization.
Who conquered the Aztecs and Incas?
In the early 1500s, Spanish forces sailed across the Pacific and conquered the Aztec and Incan civilizations, even though the invading armies were greatly outnumbered by the indigenous population.
Who ruled the Aztec civilization?
Itzcóatl ruled the Aztec Empire from 1428 to 1440. Under his rule, Tenochtitlán formed a triple alliance with the neighboring states of Texcoco and Tlacopan. With this alliance the Aztecs expanded their empire and became the dominant power in central Mexico. Itzcóatl was succeeded by Montezuma I (reigned 1440–69).
Did the Aztecs conquer another civilization?
While the Aztecs successfully conquered many, some city states resisted. Tlaxcalla, Cholula and Huexotzinco all refused Aztec dominance and were never fully conquered. The Aztec Empire was powerful, wealthy and rich in culture, architecture and the arts.
Do Aztecs still exist today?
Today the descendants of the Aztecs are referred to as the Nahua. More than one-and-a-half million Nahua live in small communities dotted across large areas of rural Mexico, earning a living as farmers and sometimes selling craft work. The Nahua are just one of nearly 60 indigenous peoples still living in Mexico.
Who was the most famous Aztec?
Montezuma II, also spelled Moctezuma, (born 1466—died c. June 30, 1520, Tenochtitlán, within modern Mexico City), ninth Aztec emperor of Mexico, famous for his dramatic confrontation with the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.
Where are the Aztecs now?
Aztec, self name Culhua-Mexica, Nahuatl-speaking people who in the 15th and early 16th centuries ruled a large empire in what is now central and southern Mexico.
Who is the god of Mexico?
Huitzilopochtli, also spelled Uitzilopochtli, also called Xiuhpilli (“Turquoise Prince”) and Totec (“Our Lord”), Aztec sun and war god, one of the two principal deities of Aztec religion, often represented in art as either a hummingbird or an eagle.