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    The Aztecs were a Mesoamerican civilization that flourished in central Mexico from the 14th to the 16th century. They are also known as the Mexica, their name derived from their legendary homeland of Aztlán. The Aztec Empire reached its zenith during the reign of Moctezuma II, just before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés.

    Here are some of their notable accomplishments:

    1. City of Tenochtitlan: The Aztecs founded their capital city, Tenochtitlan, in 1325 AD. It was built on an island in Lake Texcoco and became one of the largest cities in the world at that time. Tenochtitlan was an architectural marvel with elaborate temples, causeways, and aqueducts.

    2. Agricultural advancements: Despite the challenging environment of the Mexican plateau, the Aztecs developed sophisticated agricultural techniques. They constructed chinampas, artificial islands made of mud and reeds, to grow crops such as maize, beans, and squash. This allowed them to support a large population.

    3. Trade network: The Aztecs established a vast trade network that extended across Mesoamerica. They traded goods such as jade, feathers, cocoa, and cotton with neighboring civilizations like the Maya and the Zapotec.

    4. Social and political organization: The Aztec society was highly stratified, with a ruling class composed of nobles, priests, and warriors. They had a complex system of governance with a supreme ruler, the tlatoani, at the top. Beneath the tlatoani were various councils and officials responsible for different aspects of administration.

    5. Military prowess: The Aztecs were skilled warriors and expanded their empire through military conquest. They employed strategies such as intimidation, alliances, and military technology to subjugate neighboring city-states.

    6. Art and culture: The Aztecs made significant contributions to art and culture, particularly in the fields of sculpture, pottery, and architecture. They produced intricate works of art, often depicting religious themes and deities like Quetzalcoatl and Huitzilopochtli.

    7. Calendar and writing system: The Aztecs had a complex calendar system that included both a solar and a ritual calendar. They also used a form of writing known as hieroglyphics, although it was primarily used for recording numerical data and historical events.

    Despite their achievements, the Aztec Empire was ultimately conquered by the Spanish in the early 16th century, leading to the downfall of their civilization.

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