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            The Aztecs arrived on the Valley of Mexico around A.D.1200. They were called "The Mexica," a poor, nomadic group of people from the harsh deserts of northern Mexico. According to an Aztec legend, the Aztecs' sun god, Huitzilopochtli, told them that they had to find a city of their own. He said to look for a place "where an eagle, perched on a cactus, holding a snake in its mouth." They found such a place on a small island in Lake Texcoco, at the center of the valley.
             Over the years, the Aztecs joined with two other city-states-Texcoco and Tlacopan to form the Triple Alliance. This alliance became the leading power in the Valley of Mexico abd soon gained control over neighboring regions.They also controlled a vast Mesoamerican empire.
             The state based its power on military conquest and tribute it gained from conquered people. They exercised loose control over much of their empire. They often let local rulers govern their own regions. The Aztecs demanded tribute in forms of products such as maize, cacao beans, cotton, jade, and gold. If someone failed to pay it, the warriors would respond brutally. 
             At the height of the Aztec Empire, military leeaders held great power in the Aztec society. The emperor, like always, sat at the top of the pyramid. The two other classes in Aztec were the comoners (merchants, astisans, and whoever owned land and the slaves. The merchants were a special type of group. They would often travel and act as spies for the emperor and gainning great wealth for themselves.
             Tenochtitlan became a remarkable urban center. It was located on an island. In order to connect the mainland, the Aztec engineers built three raised roads called causeways over tge water and marshland. In Tenochtitlan, places, temples, markets, and residential districts were connected by streets and avenues. Canals divided the city, allowing canoes to bring peopl and cargo straight to the city center. Aqueducts funneled fresh water in from mainland.


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