The rise of an empire

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By Gillian Goddardsenior lecturer, Liverpool Hope University

In less than 500 years, a nomadic tribe in Central America grew into the vast civilisation that we know today as the Aztecs

The Aztec civilisation is one of several past societies featured in the world history study section of the National Curriculum. Although the Aztecs are not exemplified in the QCA Scheme of Work for history, the theme is rich in cultural difference and moral issues. It provides both teachers and children with a fascinating glimpse at a way of life radically different to their own, yet one that, by the actions of the conquistadors, is inextricably linked to the European world.

map showing location of Aztec empire

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