100 wrote:SINCE THERE WERE MANY NATIVE LANGUAGES SPOKEN AND DIFFERENT INDIANS WHY DO MEXICANS CLAIM MEXICO AS AN AZTECK NATION?
AND SAY MEXICANS ARE DESCENDANTS OF AZTECKS?
Rollin64, he was right on this one
SO ROLLIN, ENOUGH OF YOUR IGNORANCE, "AZTEC" WAS THE TOLTEC EMPIRE WHICH CONQUERED, EXPLOITED AND EVEN DEMANDED HUMAN SACRAFICES OF THE OTHER PEOPLES THEY CONQUERED
Cortes and the Conquistadors were able to use this to a significant advantage... the many other tribes were growing increasingly weary of the Aztec Empire's abuse and decided to rebel, or at the very least, lead the Spanish straight to the capital untouched and never helped the Aztecs.
to answer your question, the Aztec empire was the strongest and largest empire just before the Spanish conquered them, so they look to history to find strong people in the region and select the empire to identify themselves as strong.
For example, LA has 2 teams the Clippers and the Lakers, but the Lakers originally came from Minneapolis, so why 4 years ago, were there so many Laker fans, but barely 1 Clipper fan?
Because people like to associate with the strong.
This is comparable with many African Americans who have not traced their roots or were unable to find records of where in Africa they came from, and yet choose empires and identities they find or hear about from Africa and assume that indentity, even when in reality it is just as likely that their ancestors were oppressed at one point by those same people.