The Aztec people are said to have migrated from their native territory, which was known as Aztlan, to what is now the Mexican state of Mexico, according to their origin myth.Although it is not known for certain where Aztlan was located, a number of academics are of the opinion that the Mexica, who were known as such by the Aztecs, moved southward to the central region of Mexico in the 13th century.
(Exhibit more) Aztecs, also known by their self-given name Culhua-Mexica, were a Nahuatl-speaking people who governed a huge empire in what is now the central and southern regions of Mexico during the 15th and early 16th centuries.
Although the term ″Aztecs″ is frequently used to refer only to the Mexica of Tenochtitlan, it is also commonly used to refer to Nahua polities or peoples of central Mexico during the prehispanic era as well as the Spanish colonial era (1521–1821). This is despite the fact that the term ″Aztecs″ is often used to refer only to the Mexica of Tenochtitlan.
History of the Early Aztecs In the early 13th century, a people known as the Aztecs settled in Mesoamerica, which is the name given to the south-central region of pre-Columbian Mexico. Their arrival happened shortly after the collapse of the once-powerful Toltec civilisation in Mesoamerica, which they may have helped to bring about themselves.
Because Aztec auxiliary troops accompanied Spanish colonizers on the early expeditions that mapped New Spain, many towns, cities, and regions in Mexico were given their Nahuatl names when they were founded. This is especially true in central Mexico, which was the heart of the Aztec empire. However, Aztec place names can also be found in other parts of the country.