The Aztec Empire (1325 - 1521)

  • 1325

    Project Introduction

    Project Introduction
    The Aztec Empire was a powerful Mesoamerican empire that flourished between 1345 and 1521. This timeline will highlight the significant events of the empire. Image URLhttps://goo.gl/images/l1VXtJ
  • Period: 1325 to 1427

    Before the Aztec Empire is formed

    Time before the Aztec empire is established. During this time was the development of the the city Tenochtitlan including the development of roads, causeways, and canals; Itzcoatl, the emperor who is credited for beginning the empire takes reign; and the foundation of the Aztec Empire was formed
  • Jun 20, 1325

    City of Tenochtitlan

    City of Tenochtitlan
    The city was founded on June 20, 1325 and it was built on an island in Lake Texcoco. Legend says that one of their Gods, Huitzilopochtli, who took the form of an eagle, was seen perched on a cactus eating a snake near the land. Mexica leaders saw this as a sign and moved their people (Hirst) It later becomes the capital of the Aztec Empire and the largest city of Pre-Columbian Americas (Wikipedia) Located in today's Mexico City.
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  • 1422

    Itzcoatl becomes emperor

    Itzcoatl becomes emperor
    Itzcoatl becomes emperor and reigns from 1422-1440. He is the 4th King of Tenochtitlan. During his reign temples, roads, and causeways were built. He formed the Triple Alliance and laid the foundation for the Aztec Empire (Wikipedia) Image URL https://goo.gl/images/G5BJpd
  • 1428

    Aztec Empire Formed

    Aztec Empire Formed
    In 1428, Itzcoatl, the current Aztec ruler in Tenochtitlan, joined forces with the cities of Tetzcoco, and Tlacopan. They became known as the Triple Alliance and began the Aztec Empire. Image URL <img src="http://the-aztec-empire.weebly.com/uploads/1/8/3/8/18382061/594522491.gif?321" alt="Image result for pictures of the aztec empire"/>
  • 1440

    Montezuma I becomes King

    Montezuma I becomes King
    Montezuma I (c.1398 - 1469) becomes the second leader of the Aztec empire. His rule marks the height of the empire. His reign saw the development of an aqueduct system that brought fresh water to Tenochtitlan. He also expanded the empire to the Gulf Coast (Wikipedia).
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  • 1502

    Montezuma II

    Montezuma II
    Montezuma II (1466 - June 1520) is the nineth Aztec Emperor who reigned from 1502 - 1520. During his reign the empire reached it's greatest size through warfare. Image URL https://goo.gl/images/QwuwUc
  • 1517

    Impending Doom

    Impending Doom
    The Aztec people in Tenochtitlan see a comet fly through the sky. This was seen as a sign of impending doom. This happens two years before the arrival of Spanish Conqueror Cortes. Image URLhttps://goo.gl/images/QXKzg2
  • Nov 8, 1519

    Meeting of Cortes and Montezuma

    Meeting of Cortes and Montezuma
    Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes arrives at the empire. Montezuma allows Cortes to enter the empire because he believes they were descendants of the gods. He had no idea that Cortes planned to take over the city. Image URL https://goo.gl/images/b4ieWg
  • Nov 14, 1519

    Capture of Montezuma II

    Capture of Montezuma II
    Cortes had been plotting his take over of Tenochtitlan and finally saw his chance. He captured Montezuma and held him as ransom. The Spaniards were able to collect gold and silver from the city. Image URL https://goo.gl/images/o7EUW1
  • May 20, 1520

    Battle between Cortes and Aztecs

    Battle between Cortes and Aztecs
    Cortes joins forces with Tlaxcala and goes to war with the Aztecs. This occurs while Cortes has Montezuma II held prisoner. The Aztecs were furious and forced the Spanish to take cover and block themselves inside the palace of Axayactl. Cortes arrives and sees his men struggling in the battle and orders Montezuma to plead with his people to surrender (Minster)
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  • Jun 29, 1520

    Death of Montezuma II

    Death of Montezuma II
    During a battle with the Aztecs, Cortes forced Montezuma to climb to the roof of the palace and plead to his people to surrender to the Spanish. His people were furious at this and began to throw spears and stones at Montezuma. He was badly injured by his people and died a few days later from his wounds (Minster). Cuitlahuac becomes the 10th ruler
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  • 1521

    Cuauhtemoc becomes emperor

    Cuauhtemoc becomes emperor
    Cuauhtemoc becomes the last Aztec Emperor. He ruled from 1520 to 1521. He was defeated by Cortes. He is celebrated in Mexican culture for being the only Aztec Emperor to survive the Spanish conquest (Wikipedia) Image URL https://goo.gl/images/MHGosv
  • Aug 13, 1521

    Fall of the Aztec Empire

    Fall of the Aztec Empire
    Cortes defeats the Aztecs and takes over the city of Tenochtitlan, thus ending the Aztec Empire and marks the beginning of the Spanish rule. Image URLhttps://goo.gl/images/MQgHCv
  • 1530

    Works cited continued

    Nelson, Ken. " Aztec Empire for Kids: Religion, Gods, and Mythology ." Ducksters. Technological Solutions, Inc. (TSI), July 2018. Web. 26 July 2018. < https://www.ducksters.com/history/aztec_empire/religion_gods_and_mythology.php >. Wikipedia, "Aztec Empire". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztec_Empire Wikipedia, Montezuma II, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moctezuma_II
  • 1540

    Works cited

    Hirst, Kris. "How a City in a Swamp Became the Capital of the Aztecs. Updated August 17, 2017 https://www.thoughtco.com/the-aztec-capital-city-of-tenochtitlan-167271 Minster, Christopher. "The Death of Montezuma". January 8, 2018. https://www.thoughtco.com/the-death-of-montezuma-2136529