Compare and contrast the Aztec civilization and the Mayan civilization.

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The Aztecs civilization and the Mayan civilization where the most important civilizations from the new world that amazed many of the Europeans that came to conquer this wonderful rich land. The Europeans where amazed with the Aztec and Mayan culture, their ways of life, their geographical surroundings and their technology. The Europeans and historians today find that the Aztecs and the Mayans where similar in some ways of life like their culture, their technology, their religious events and at the same time they had their differences in their cultures.

The Aztec civilization dominated the valley of Mexico during the fifteen and the sixteen centuries. Their culture was seen as unethical to the Europeans that were in Aztec territory and were observing the Aztec's way of life. The Europeans where specially stunned by the Aztecs' religious ceremonies and religious sacrifices. Today we know how Aztecs lived and their ways of life because of the records that have been well preserved by their descendants and by the stories passed on from generations to generations.

Their geographic surroundings are amazing to visitors that visit the ruins of Teotihuacan, the pyramids that were built to honor their gods like Quetzalcoatl, Huitzilopochtli and many others gods that ruled ancient Aztec civilization. This great civilization was not made in a few years, it took many indians to build up this empire. The Aztec empire was slowly build up by Tenochca Indians that came from the north of the Mexican valley about 1168.

According to historians the Aztecs came from the north of the valley of Mexico around the twelfth century AD. We know these indians and their civilizations as the Aztec civilization but their original Nahua name is the Mexicas. The Mexicas migrated into the south of the valley of Mexico around 1248 and were...