Aztec Religion & Culture

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Joshua J. Mark
published on 10 May 2024

Aztec religion and culture flourished between c. 1345 and 1521 and, at its height, influenced the majority of the people of northern Mesoamerica. Great monarchs such as Montezuma imposed Aztec ideals across the area of modern-day Mexico, influencing the region’s art, architecture, and cultural values. Their influence was so widespread that they remain the best-documented Mesoamerican civilization in history.

This collection presents a brief survey of some of the most significant aspects of the Aztec Civilization.



Questions & Answers

How long did the Aztec Empire last?

The Aztec Empire flourished between c. 1345 and 1521.

Where was the Aztec Empire located?

The Aztec Empire was located in the region of central and southern Mexico.

What was the capital city of the Aztec?

The Aztec's capital city was Tenochtitlan (modern-day Mexico City).

What caused the fall of the Aztec Empire?

The Aztec Empire fell due to the Spanish conquest by Hernán Cortés, the diseases his army brought which the Aztec had no immunity to, and the assistance given to the Spaniards by indigenous peoples who resented the Aztec use of force in building and maintaining their empire.
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Joshua J. Mark
Joshua J. Mark is World History Encyclopedia's co-founder and Content Director. He was previously a professor at Marist College (NY) where he taught history, philosophy, literature, and writing. He has traveled extensively and lived in Greece and Germany.

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