aztec civilization

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The Aztec Indians created a great civilization in Central Mexico, reaching its peak in the 1500’s. Being late arrivals to the area, and because of their strong neighboring nations, they were forced to live in the swampy western areas of the Lake Texcoco. Because of the swampy surroundings, the Aztecs used mud to create miniature islands in the swamps. These islands are called chinampas, or “floating gardens,” and were used as farming lands. On these …

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…months, and then he died of a disease. Montezuma’s nephew Cuauhtemoc then took over. The Spanish retreated to a nearby city and rallied together to siege Tenochtitlan. The Aztecs were no match for the Spanish weapons, and they surrendered in August of 1521. This marked the end of the last of the remaining Native American Indians. Today, most of the descendants of the Aztec civilization live in Mexico, where the Aztec Empire used to flourish.