In this article titled 30 interesting Aztecs facts, we are going to learn some really incredible facts about one of the greatest and of course, fierce Mesoamerican civilizations that thrived and grew to power. Unfortunately, the Spanish invaders finally overthrew this civilization. So we will, in this article, answer a few question like “What was their lifestyle?”, “How ferocious were they?”, “What were their achievements as a civilization?” and more! So, are you ready to take a tour back in time and learn some history facts? We hope you are!
Interesting Aztecs Facts: 1-10
1. Historians don’t really know where exactly the Aztecs came from. Many historians theorize that they began as a hunter-gatherer northern tribe and came from a homeland that was known as Aztlan, which literally translated into ‘White Land’. – Source.
2. According to List25.com, the name Aztecs was actually cooked up by Europeans and that the Aztec people originally used the name Mexica.
3. According to History.com, the Aztecs also went by the name Tenochca. It is this name that led to the naming of their majestic city of Tenochtitlan.
4. As per History.com, the name Mexica that was also used for the Aztecs, was the origin of the city’s name that finally replaced Tenochtitlan and eventually led to the naming of the entire country.
5. Historians claim that the Aztecs originated in Mesoamerica in early 13th century. Mesoamerica was pre-Columbian Mexico’s south-central region.
6. It is widely believed that the previously dominant Mesoamerican civilization known as Toltecs declined after the Aztecs arrived.
7. The Aztecs used a very weird method to determine which location should be selected for settlement. They built Tenochtitlan in a place where they noticed an eagle perching on a cactus plant located in a marshy land close to lake Texcoco’s southwest border.
8. Once they decided on the location they started working on the area. The first thing they did was to drain the entire swamp. Once this was completed, they started constructing artificial islands.
9. The artificial islands served the purpose of planting gardens and eventually foundations of Tenochtitlan – their capital city was laid down. This took place in 1325 CE.
10. As far as their agricultural aspect was concerned, the Aztecs primarily grew avocadoes, tomatoes, potatoes, squashes, beans and maize (corn).