The Aztec civilization was built upon a complex combination of Olmec and Mayan traditions, but during the 14th, 15th, and early-16th centuries, the Mexica people acquired a new level of power, influence, and wealth across Mesoamerica.
The Mexica originally settled in the area around Lake Texcoco, where they founded their city-state of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City), and entered into alliances and tributary relationships with neighboring clans and tribes. Clear social expectations, cultural uniformity, and general economic stability allowed the empire of the Aztecs to thrive before eventually falling victim to Spanish conquerors in the sixteenth century.
The daily life of an Aztec man or woman was full of blood, sweat, and tears - and of course a huge appreciation for nature and the divine. Despite their untimely fate, they did their best to keep their noses clean - literally - and their bellies full.
They Conducted Perpetual Wars To Get Prisoners For Human Sacrifice
They Had Extensive Trade Routes, And Used Merchants As Spies
Education Was Universal, Mandatory, And Practical
They Sang, Danced, And Played Ball
They Had A Wide Array Of Food Available To Them
They Dredged The Lakes And Terraced The Land To Make 'Floating Gardens'