Toltecs (958 A.D. - 1156 A.D.)
Also culturally descended from the Olmecs.
Small kingdoms & city-states constantly at war
Political void for a while…
1300s Aztecs conquer
(1300’s - 1520)
Founded the Tenochtitlan <--Mexico City
Expanded, created huge empire.
P.O. -- Still have small kingdoms & City states - ALL PAY tribute to aztec king in Tenchtitlan
E.S. - still based in farming & trade
I.T. - Use mayan style hieroglyphics, books on bark. Mostly used for business. Also built stepped pyramids for religious rituals.
Sun god Huitzilopochtli
Feathered Serpent Quetzalcati
Other nature gods.
Importance of names
Human sacrifice --> 20,000 people a year
Arose in Andes Mountains
Domestication of llama