The Aztecs in Mexico in the 1400s: Victors Adopt Practices and Even Gods from the Vanquished

2023 Guides - Theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas
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The deity Tezcatlipoca depicted in the Codex Borgia, one of the few extant pre-Hispanic codices

Getting Started

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Example Keywords & Catalog Subject Headings

Aztec
1400s Mexico
Aztec imperialism
pre-Columbian civilizations

Database/Online Resources

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World History (Gale)

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Prospector: Materials from Other Colorado and Wyoming Libraries

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Internet Sources

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The Foundation (FAMSI) was created in 1993 to foster increased understanding of ancient Mesoamerican cultures. The Foundation aims to assist and promote qualified scholars who might otherwise be unable to undertake or complete their programs of research and synthesis.
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Britannica Group, worldwide leaders in education, knowledge, and information for more than 250 years. Under our Encyclopædia Britannica (EB) and Merriam-Webster imprimaturs, we provide people all over the world — students, teachers, researchers, and casual learners — with reliable, lively, and relevant school curricula, and trustworthy information on subjects ranging from language and science, history and the arts, and much more.

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