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Chapter 16, Lesson 1, The Aztec (pp. 422-428)

I. Building an Empire

II. Living in the Empire

    A. Over time, a complex class structure developed in Aztec society.

    B. Aztec merchants traded goods such as feathers, jade, and cocao throughout the empire.

    C. Archaeological excavations have uncovered elaborate buildings, everyday objects, and books called codices.

III. Fighting for the Gods

    A. Aztec life revolved around religion.

    B. Human sacrifice was common in religious ceremonies.

    C. The Aztec sacrificed their captives.

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