The Aztec Empire was a Native American state that ruled much of what is now
Mexico from about 1427 until 1521, when the empire was conquered by the
Spaniards. The empire represented the highest point in the development of the
rich Aztec civilization that had begun more than a century earlier. At the height of
their power, the Aztec controlled a region stretching from the Valley of Mexico in
central Mexico east to the Gulf of Mexico
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them to work in gold mines and
on Spanish estates.
The fall of Tenochtitlán marked the end of the Native American
civilizations that had existed in Mesoamerica since the first human settlement of
the region. On the ruins of Tenochtitlán, the Spaniards built Mexico City. The
city's present-day cathedral rises over the ruins of an Aztec temple, and the
palace of the Mexican president stands on the site of the palace of Montezuma.