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According to their own history, the Aztecs, who called themselves
or Mexica, started as a small nomadic tribe originating from
a place called Aztlan.
Aztlan existed somewhere in the southern part of California
or the north west of
Mexico. At this time they were Nahuatl speaking. During
the twelfth century they
started a period of wandering and in the thirteenth
century they came across
Mexico's central valley. There they decided to settle.
The reason for this is a
prophecy. The prophecy said that when they saw an
eagle sitting on a cactus with
a snake in its mouth that was where they were
to build their great civilization. For
that reason they called it Tenochtitlan,
meaning place of the cactus. Since the
prophecy was filled upon an island
in the middle of a small lake, called Lake
Texcoco, land became short. They
built Tenochtitlan in the year thirteen twenty
five BC. They started as a
small struggling village continually fighting with ot...
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