Who were the Aztecs?

  • The Aztecs were a small group of tribal people who used to live at the edges of Mesoamerica and the culture of these people was known as Aztec culture.
  • The Aztecs were one of the most successful civilizations ever established in the world. It was developed in central Mexico about 700 years ago, from 1300 to 1521.



  • The Aztec people were also referred to as Tenocha, named after their ancestors Tenoch and Mexica.
  • The language spoken by a majority of Aztec people was known as the Nahuatl language.
  • The Aztec people were highly talented people and comprised people from varied professions such as writers, builders, artists and craftsmen.
  • Aztecs were able to become the dominating force in the 15th century in Mexico due to their ability to develop government, progress political and regional development alongside social and cultural advancements.
  • The Aztec people used to believe in a polytheistic religion. There was a great belief in religion in Aztec people and so they used to worship a large number of gods and goddesses all embodying a specific human activity or natural aspect.
  • Aztec people were small in number and hence they had a simpler society. They had very different rules for the slave class people. Slavery was not passed on from generation to generation, as in all other cultures around the world at the time. Instead, some people used to serve as a slave for a particular period of time so as to repay a debt or, to make up for some crime as a punishment.
  • Another rule of the Aztec society was the right to education. iI was compulsory for all the children to take up education irrespective of their class, irrespective of whether they were a noble person or a slave.
  • The majority of the people from the Aztec culture were commoners. They used to work as a farmer, labourers, servants, vendors etc.

Fun Facts:

  1. Mexico City has been built upon the Aztecs Capital.
  2. They used to believe in more than 200 gods or deities.
  3. Maize is considered the principal crop for Aztec people.

Related Questions:

  1. Where is Mexico situated?
  2. Who were the Aztecs?
  3. Give a brief outline of Aztec culture.

True or False:

  1. The Aztecs were a very large community.
  2. Aztec culture was not known by anyone as it was infamous culture.
  3. Aztecs culture was developed in central Mexico.
  4. The Aztecs were mostly commoners and used to work as farmers, labourers, servants, etc.

Objective Quiz:

  1. _________ was a group of small tribal people.
    1. The Aztecs.
    2. The Russian.
    3. The American.
    4. None of the above.
  2. The Aztec people used to live at ________.
    1. The edges of Mesoamerica.
    2. The valley of America.
    3. The valley of China.
    4. None of the above.
  3. The Aztec people were also referred to as ________.
    1. Tenocha.
    2. Tinocha.
    3. Tenacha.
    4. None of the above.
  4. The Aztec people used to believe in the religion of __________.
    1. Polytheistic religion.
    2. Hinduism.
    3. Christianism.
    4. None of the above.
  5. The ancestor of Aztec people was known as _________.
    1. Mexica.
    2. Tenoch.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.

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