Cuitláhuac, 10th tlatoani of the Aztec Empire, brother of Moctezuma II. After being held captive by the Aztecs, Cortés ordered Moctezuma to ask his people stop fighting. Moctezuma told him that they wouldn't listen to him, and in turn asked him to free his brother Cuitláhuac so he'd convince the people to stop. Once freed, Cuitláhuac led his people against the conquistadors and successfully drove them out of Tenochtitlán on June 30, 1520. After ruling for only 80 days, he died of smallpox.

Cuitláhuac, 10th tlatoani of the Aztec Empire, brother of Moctezuma II. After being held captive by the Aztecs, Cortés ordered Moctezuma to ask his people stop fighting. Moctezuma told him that they wouldn't listen to him, and in turn asked him to free his brother Cuitláhuac so he'd convince the people to stop. Once freed, Cuitláhuac led his people against the conquistadors and successfully drove them out of Tenochtitlán on June 30, 1520. After ruling for only 80 days, he died of smallpox.

Les jardins flottants : Lorsque Cortez a découvert l'empire aztèque en 1519, il a découvert que 200 000 personnes vivaient sur une…

Les jardins flottants : Lorsque Cortez a découvert l'empire aztèque en 1519, il a découvert que 200 000 personnes vivaient sur une…

Five major cities of the Aztec Empire were Tenochtitlan, Tuxpan, Huaxyacac, Tehuantepec, and Coatzoalcos.

Five major cities of the Aztec Empire were Tenochtitlan, Tuxpan, Huaxyacac, Tehuantepec, and Coatzoalcos.

Aztec Three Faced Mask. c1300AD... "The three faces depict three phases in which human time. The central face is jovial and full of the vigor of youth, referring to the time when individuals are during their most productive in a society. The exterior mask has closed eyes, alluding to the opposite phase, death. In between is a period of no less importance, the state that arrives with experience: old age."

Aztec Three Faced Mask. c1300AD... "The three faces depict three phases in which human time. The central face is jovial and full of the vigor of youth, referring to the time when individuals are during their most productive in a society. The exterior mask has closed eyes, alluding to the opposite phase, death. In between is a period of no less importance, the state that arrives with experience: old age."

The great Aztec Sun Stone (12 feet in diameter) was unearthed in Mexico in 1790 and remains one of the most remarkable vestiges of the Aztec Empire ever found.

The great Aztec Sun Stone (12 feet in diameter) was unearthed in Mexico in 1790 and remains one of the most remarkable vestiges of the Aztec Empire ever found.

City of Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztec Empire, built in central Mexico, on Lake Texcoco. It's market place in the center of the city handled more than 60,000 people a day.

City of Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztec Empire, built in central Mexico, on Lake Texcoco. It's market place in the center of the city handled more than 60,000 people a day.

The Aztecs first emerged in Mexican history as a nomadic tribe in Northern Mexico. When the Aztecs saw an eagle perched on a cactus, they took it as a sign from the gods that they should settle in that area. So they established their capital city of Tenochtitlan in 1325 A.D. The Aztecs ruled their empire with an iron fist from Tenochtitlan, until Spanish conquistadors arrived in the early 1500s. Hernan Cortes conquered the Aztec empire in 1521, building Mexico City on the city's ruins. #3B

The Aztecs first emerged in Mexican history as a nomadic tribe in Northern Mexico. When the Aztecs saw an eagle perched on a cactus, they took it as a sign from the gods that they should settle in that area. So they established their capital city of Tenochtitlan in 1325 A.D. The Aztecs ruled their empire with an iron fist from Tenochtitlan, until Spanish conquistadors arrived in the early 1500s. Hernan Cortes conquered the Aztec empire in 1521, building Mexico City on the city's ruins. #3B

Aztec Empire for Kids: Tenochtitlan

Aztec Empire for Kids: Tenochtitlan

The Aztec empire was destroyed only two years after the Spanish invasions. War and disease ultimately ended the Aztec society. The Europeans also invaded North America and Polynesia. The fact that these societies had previously been secluded from all world contact proved to be a great disadvantage to them.

The Aztec empire was destroyed only two years after the Spanish invasions. War and disease ultimately ended the Aztec society. The Europeans also invaded North America and Polynesia. The fact that these societies had previously been secluded from all world contact proved to be a great disadvantage to them.

Spanish Conquistador fighting against an Aztec Eagle Warrior during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521.

Spanish Conquistador fighting against an Aztec Eagle Warrior during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521.

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