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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 Aztlán", 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.
The Aztecs - Superb Primary School site (Nettlesworth Primary)
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