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Aztec Life and Times
While they were living in the swamps, the Aztec priests received a vision. In this vision, the Aztec god, Huitzilopochtli, told them to look for a place to settle where they saw an eagle perched on a cactus, eating a snake. The Aztecs found this sign on a small reed-covered island in the middle of a shallow lake. There they started building their capital city, Tenochtitlan, in 1325. This location was a good site for a settlement, as it was difficult to attack and there was a great deal of food.

Religion and Human Sacrifice

Since there was no stone or wood on their island, the Aztecs fought to conquer other areas of land to obtain building materials, tools, and prisoners to use for human sacrifices, which their religion demanded. The Aztecs were very religious people. In fact, following their religious rituals was the most important goal in their lives.   [more]
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