Aztec--the name evokes one of history's cultural enigmas. That fabled empire in the New World, with its towering golden culture, its bloody human sacrifices, and its terror-inspiring idols, was yet a hopeless loser when Cortes and his small Spanish forces collided with Motecuhzoma's army. The Aztec's capital of Tenochtitlan was leveled and their whole world destroyed.
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AZTEC ARCHITECTURE AND CLIFF SCULPTURE
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Ahuitzotl artists associated Aztec art Aztec empire Calendar Stone carved century Chac Mool Chalco Chapultepec Chichimec Coatlicue Codex Borbonicus codices Colorplate conquered conquest Cortes costumes Coyolxauhqui Culhuacan cult culture deity dressed eagle Early Colonial earth monster elite emblems excavations festivals figures figurines Fire Ceremony fire serpent flowers glyphs goddess gods greenstone head headdress Huitzilopochtli iconography images jaguar Lake Texcoco Lord Main Temple maize major monuments Malinalco manuscript Mask Mesoamerica Mexica Mexico City Mexico City Plate Mixtec Motecuhzoma Museo National Museum Nahuatl National de Antropologla Nezahualcoyotl ornamented painted patron pottery preconquest priests pulque quetzal Quetzalcoatl rain Reed relief represent ritual ruler sacrifice seated Spaniards statue Stone of Tizoc stone sculpture style sun disk symbol Temple of Huitzilopochtli Temple Stone Tenochtitlan Teotihuacan Tepanec Tetzcotzingo Tezcatlipoca Tizoc Tlaloc Tlatelolco Toltec tonalamatl tribute Tula turquoise mosaic twin pyramid Valley of Mexico Veracruz vessels warriors