Aztec Society

Women in the Calpulli

The exact nature of the Aztec family is not totally known, but the high amount of autonomy given to calpulli and the more meritocratic nature of Aztec society probably meant that family units were fairly small; with a husband, wife, and children.

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Depiction of a calpulli meeting from the Florentine Codex.

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Serfdom

The exact nature of serfdom in the Aztec world is not entirely understood, but many anthropologists and historians have offered theories and explanations for it.

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Agricultural laborer depicted in the Florentine Codex. This image does not necessarily depict a serf, as free commoners were involved in plantation labor as well.

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The Templo Mayor

The Templo Mayor was the central pyramid in Tenochtitlan.

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The largest pyramid in Tenochtitlan was the Templo Mayor or the temple of Huitzilopochtli/Tlaloc. Source: http://www.ancientpages.com/2015/10/19/rise-and-fall-of-city-states-in-ancient-mexico-and-peru-influenced-by-climate-change/

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