A Native American people who ruled Mexico and neighboring areas before the Spaniards conquered the region in the sixteenth century. Starting in the twelfth century, they built up an advanced civilization and empire. (See Hernando Cortés and Montezuma.)
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Before the 16thcentury, Spanish conquest, the Aztecs saw the skull as a symbol of rebirth.
The Aztecs, in fact, believed in thirteen dii majores and over 200 dii minores.The Story of Extinct Civilizations of the West|Robert E. Anderson
All the Aztecs could do, after forming the confederacy, was to expand it over the remaining Nahuatlac tribes.Ancient Society|Lewis Henry Morgan
The cut given above shows the 513 method by which the Aztecs represented their month, with the hieroglyphic names of each day.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2|Hubert Howe Bancroft