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The Aztecs

Who were the Aztecs?

The Aztecs were a wandering (nomadic) tribe from northern Mexico and were one of the last great Native American civilizations.

Where did they come from?

They lived in an area will now know as Mexico

What does the word Aztec mean?

The word "Aztec" means "someone who comes from Aztl√°n", an unknown location north of Mexico. The Aztec also referred to themselves as the Mehika or Meshika or Mexica, the origin of the name "Mexico".

What were the Aztecs famous for?

The Aztecs were famous for their agriculture, cultivating all available land, introducing irrigation, draining swamps, and creating artificial islands in the lakes. They developed a form of hieroglyphic writing, a complex calendar system, and built famous pyramids and temples.

Legend has it that the Aztecs wandered for many years in search of a sign, an eagle and a serpent fighting on a cactus, to show them where to found their city.

Nettlesworth Primary School
The Aztecs

The Aztecs

The Ancient Aztecs


Mexicolore resources on the Aztecs.


The Aztecs - Superb Primary School site (Nettlesworth Primary)

  • Important People
  • Main Events
  • Art & Craft
  • A Child's Life
  •  Military
  • Tenochtitlan
  • Fun & Games

The Ancient Aztecs - Explores the ancient Aztecs, their religious beliefs, their culture, and their everyday life.

Aztec Calendar - Shows you the current date according to the tonalpohualli, the sacred Aztec calendar. Gives a reading of the significance of the day and the relevant gods.

The Aztecs - Another excellent Primary school site which tells the tale of the Aztecs.

  • Who were the Aztecs and where did they come from?
  • They were a very religious people and had many gods.
  • The Aztecs built the city of Tenochtitlan
  • At the centre of the city was the Templo Mayor (Great Temple).
  • Everyday life of Aztec folk
  • Looking at some archaeological evidence.
  • Looking at 'written' evidence.
  • Cortes and the sad night.
  • Today's Aztecs

Map of Mexico


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