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The Time Compass: The Aztec Empire (Spanish)

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Beginning with the Olmecs and Zapotecs, the episode traces the Aztec takeover from the North, their military conquests, and their sacrifices to the sun god. It also covers Aztec ingenuity in the construction of garden sites on swampy ground and achievements, such as a public education system, Aztec calendar, and Aztec mathematics. Students learn that human civilization began to take form once nomads learned to farm, and the Aztecs developed staple crops that are commonplace today. They also learn about Aztec religious beliefs and why the Aztecs welcomed Hernan Cortez as a god, rather than the military leader, who would eventually destroy their civilization.

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