As well as their human sacrifice rites, the Aztec civilisation should be recognized for its brilliant agricultural, political and military institutions, as well as their revolutionary economic structure. Because of the ways in which their contributions have influenced current technology, they deserve to be recognized.
In addition to farming all accessible land, the Aztecs introduced irrigation, drained marshes, and built artificial islands in lakes, earning them worldwide renown for their agricultural achievements. They invented a type of writing known as hieroglyphics, devised a sophisticated calendar system, and constructed renowned pyramids and temples.
It is generally accepted that the Aztec civilisation was the last of the great Mesoamerican cultures to exist before the arrival of Europeans. In addition to constructing magnificent temple-pyramids, employing complex agricultural techniques, having their eagle warriors build a huge empire, and offering human sacrifices to their gods, these people formed a great empire.
The fact that the Aztecs performed human sacrifices gave them the appearance of being a primitive and uncivilized people; nonetheless, history should show that the Aztecs had a very inventive and well-organized kingdom. The Aztecs were a highly devout people who were also extremely organized and innovative. They had great expectations for their people.
This is the Calendar. Although the Aztecs utilized a number of different calendars, one of those calendars was based on the modern concept of 365 days in a year. This calendar was known as the xiuhpohualli, and it was divided into various months that each consisted of 18 days, with five more days added on at the end of the year.
It was via serving as mercenaries and soldiers for other cultures in the vicinity that the Aztecs were able to increase their strength and wealth throughout this period of history. For several decades after the city of Tenochtitlan was established, for instance, these individuals served as warriors for the Tepanec people.
The Aztecs’ reasonably advanced agricultural system (which included intense land cultivation and irrigation systems) combined with a strong military heritage would allow them to establish a viable state, and subsequently an empire.
The Aztec civilization had a significant impact on the modern world in which we now find ourselves. Since their arrival in Mesoamerica as a nomadic tribe around the 13th century, the Aztecs have maintained their dominance over the central region of Mexico from its splendid city, Tenochtitlan (now known as Mexico City).
The Aztec Empire has finally come to an end. Mexico’s colonial era has begun. The Aztecs had a significant impact on the development of Mexican culture and society. Their language, Nahuatl, is still spoken in numerous areas of Mexico, and the origins of many of the festivities that are observed all across the nation can be traced back to the Aztec civilization.
Archaeological evidence found in excavations such as that of the famous Templo Mayor in Mexico City; from indigenous writings; from eyewitness accounts by Spanish conquistadors such as Cortés and Bernal Dáz del Castillo; and especially from 16th- and 17th-century European accounts are the primary sources from which we learn about Aztec history and culture.
Is it possible that there are still Aztecs living today? Both yes and no. The Nahuatl language, which was spoken by the Aztecs, is still spoken by around one and a half million people today. In addition, there are a great number of indigenous communities that continue to practice ceremonies that date back to the Aztec civilization.