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Author: Robert W. Strayer
Secondary Source: “The Aztec Empire” in Ways of the World
“With a core population recently estimated at 5 to 6 million people, the Aztec Empire was a loosely structured and unstable conquest state that witnessed frequent rebellions by its subject peoples. Conquered peoples and cities were required to regularly deliver to their Aztec rulers impressive quantities of textiles and clothing,
military supplies, jewelry, and other luxuries, various foodstuffs, animal products, building materials, rubber balls, paper, and more. The process was overseen by local imperial tribute collectors, who sent the required goods on to Tenochtitlan, a metropolis of 150,000 to 200,000 people, where they were meticulously recorded.”
Author: Juan Díaz
**The Aztecs did not use a written language we currently understand. The only accounts we have are from the Spanish who wrote and distributed accounts**
“When he reached said tower the Captain asked [the Mexica] why such deeds were committed there and the [the Mexica] answered that it was done as a kind of sacrifice and gave to understand that the victims were beheaded on the wide stone; that the blood was poured into the vase and that the heart was taken out of the breast and burnt and offered to the said idol. The fleshy parts of the arms and legs were cut off and eaten. This was done to the enemies with whom they were at war."
- What did the Aztecs/Mexica demand of the people they conquered/ruled over?
- Did the empire have a few people or a lot of people?
- How did the Spanish describe the Aztec rituals?