The Rise And Development Of The Aztec Empire

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In 1325, the Aztecs settled on an island that became known as Tenochtitlan. Under rule of Itzcoatl in 1428, a triple alliance was formed with Texcoco and Tlacopan. It was the start of a new empire once the Aztecs turned against and defeated the Azcapotzalco. With the Aztecs being the most powerful, an empire began to form and grow quickly. The Aztec Empire became the most complex, extensive, and powerful empire of the region, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.
Under the rule of Itzcoatl, the Aztecs began their expansion. The Aztecs had conquests throughout most of Central America. A high class Aztec was to indirectly keep power, and tributaries were collected. The huge empire resulted in the many territories that had …show more content…

The population of the Empire was very diverse and large, containing millions of people. The Incan people called their state Tawantinsuyu. It consisted of four divisions with the capital, Cuzco, located in middle. The people did not have written language, making the early Spanish as the only source of The Incan Empire. However, according to the Incan people, the Empire did not start its growth until the capital was almost destroyed by the revolting Chanca people in the fifteenth century. The son of the emperor, Inca Yupanqui, was able to stop the revolt. While in power, he had a goal to bring civilization to all of the Andean people. Along with his successors, they made the Incan Empire begin to quickly grow. Alliances, intimidation, and conquest gave the power needed to expand the Empire. Conquered areas were not made to be tributaries for the Incas, but actually became part of the Empire. More than 14,000 miles of road would be used for transport by the Empire, so moving large groups of people was not hard. The newly conquered people were split up and relocated, making the conquered people less of a threat to the empire. The roads contained administrative centers and warehouses that not only allowed the Empire to transport people, but also created storage for goods throughout the Empire. Food and clothing that was stored allowed the army to constantly move while always having supplies. The Incan Empire was …show more content…

For example, religion was an important aspect to life. All the empires had a dominant religion, which was often used to their benefit because it was easy to appeal to all beliefs in order to gain power. Also, the Aztecs and Incans had similar ways of how the culture spread. Markets and trade had an important role in economy for all the Empires. This also made the merchants and traders have access to spread arts and goods from the empires. However, there are still many differences between the empires, and many exist between the Incas and the Aztecs. The Aztecs were very different in how they ran their empire. Instead of leaving a person to rule the new territory, tribunes could be paid. The territory could continue to keep their leader under the Empire as long as the tribunes were met. This is very different than most empires. The Incas would relocate the people and keep them under their civilization. They used much more sophisticated and effective systems than the Aztecs, making them much more similar to Near East and Asian

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