Unformatted text preview: egends, they originated from a place called Aztlán, somewhere in north or northwest Mexico/what today is today the Southwest region of the United States. (“white place/place of herons”)
At that time the Aztecs (who referred to themselves as the Mexica or Tenochca) were a small, nomadic, Nahuatlspeaking aggregation of tribal peoples. Sometime in the 12th century they embarked on a period of wandering and in the 13th century settled in the central basin of Mexico. Tenochtitlán
Tenochtitl Aztecs finally found refuge on small islands in Lake Texcoco where, in 1325, they founded the town of Tenochtitlán (modernday Mexico City). The term Aztec, originally associated with the migrant Mexica, is today a collective term, applied to all the peoples linked by trade, custom, religion, and language to these founders. Source
Source Source of map: p. 4, Viva Mexico by Antonio Haas, 1998. Source
Source “First plate of the Mendocino Codex, showing the original layout of MexicoTenochtitlán. In the center is the figure of the Aztec tutelary god Huitzloplatchtli in the form of an eagle.” Source: p. 21, Viva Mexico, by Anton...
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