Aztec

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a member of a Nahuatl Indian people who settled in Mexico (late 12th century) and established an empire which was overthrown (1512) by Cortes. The Aztec civilization was marked by fine public architecture and by the advancement of learning and the arts. It was based on a caste system and a polytheistic religion involving human sacrifice. The Aztecs created a pictorial alphabet and an elaborate calendar.




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