10 Amazing Facts About the Aztecs

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Codex Mendoza (1542)



37 thoughts on “10 Amazing Facts About the Aztecs

  1. thnktank1 March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    I had to go look up my Aztec sign!

  2. lifewuzonceezr March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Conch rhymes with Kronk!!

  3. Saul Garcia March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Mexicas al atake

  4. C1ickityC1ack March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    for the love of history, put some effort into your Spanish pronunciations. ‘Herrnun Cortez’ and his ‘Conkisstadors’ would be mucho disappointed let alone the Aztecs with their pronunciations lol

  5. Rafael Gonzalez March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    I heard a story of the Mexicas(Aztecs) captured a strong warrior from an enemy tribe, they were so impressed by him that the Mexicas offered him to become one of their general and a lot of fine women to breed more warriors like him. He refused and asked to be sacrificied like the proud warrior he was, Mexicas accepted and gave him one weapon with feathers, he kill some before he was killed. That's what I can remember, maybe I'm wrong, but Mesoamerican societies were warrior states and saw sacrifice differently from us.

  6. digapygmy70 March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    ancient Aztecs learning about the crusades, the inquisition, witch hunts, etc "Wow, these guys are savages"

  7. Edward Lorden March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    one comment about the "heretic burning Spanish" and human sacrifice. Heretics were burned not as an offering to a diety, but as a punitive measure for spreading "fake" news.

  8. FanAdict477 March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Simon has surrendered to the Nohot'l Tongue!

  9. Simon Sozzi March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    That wasn't terrible.

  10. Simon Sozzi March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    The "Aztec"; It's pronounced "Me shee Ka" Mexica.

  11. Badgerrr Lattin March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Is he mispronouncing "Tenochititlan" or have all the other voice-over guys been mispronouncing it?

  12. Rocky PorterJr March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    all your videos reek of sjw

  13. burnsloads March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Drugs were not venerated by them. They were primarily used as cleansing and healing agents primarily utilized and supervised by a shaman. This only changed when westerners started going to these Indians and doing drug tourism in the early 20th century. Very, very incorrect Simon. The codexs you refer to point this fact out in a very straightforward manner.

  14. Michelle Despres March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Where did the Aztecs get a rubber ball?

  15. Brandon March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Aztec legal drinking age was 52, but every 4 years a holiday occured where all including toddlers were required to drink.

  16. Erasmus the blasphemous March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    It's pronounced Tēa oh teach lan

  17. Tasarin March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    That was fantastic! And thank you for not focusing on the sacrifices. Just as was said, it must be viewed in context and it cannot be forgotten that other cultures and religions tortured and sacrificed people as well. Glass houses and all that. Great job, everyone!

  18. iEuno1 March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Doesn't that document page with the leopard skins looks a lot like the images of plants from the Vonage script?

  19. Albert F March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    War dancing and crying just like "team shouts" and football/futball/soccer/rugby events.

  20. redbandit1able March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Anybody else getting annoyed with these non skippable adverts of late,on every channel?

  21. John Conner March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    isnt blue green algae toxic?

  22. Johannes Tzimiskes March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Thoose that they killed were often of other religion they didnt want to be killed . Also historicans say it were at LEAST 10.000 deaths not 1.000 and that at the temple building alone.

  23. Verity The Vegan March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Your pronunciation is as normal as any non-Nahuatl speaker! Hehe!
    Tenochtitlan “Teh-noh-tit-lahn”
    Nahuatl “Nah-waht”
    Mexica “Meh-shi-cah”
    Texcoco “Tesh-co-co”
    There were a few others but those are the ones most people come across 🙂

  24. Jonathan Parks March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    This is a pretty sanitized version of the Aztecs. I noticed how you kind of glossed over the fact that they oppressed all those around them. They were very much hated and the Spanish were cheered when they conquered them.

  25. Bobby Knuckles March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Do the Seminole people of Florida

  26. DeathToRainBows March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    1:00 they worshipped khorne???

  27. James England March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    You sure go out of your way to excuse murder in this video.

  28. Notdeadyet March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    10 amazing facts about azetecs: their civilization got buried and their land stolen by the Europeans how then did the same thing to Palestinian

  29. SuperVlerik March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    I love your productions, but PLEASE can you research pronunciation of the different names, places and peoples you describe? It really grates hearing that default Brit mispronunciation every time….

    I don't understand how an entire population (UK, but to an only slightly lesser extent USA as well) seem to make such a point of making no effort to find out how the speakers of any other language might actually say things. My own theory is it stems from an embarrassed presumption that it can't be gotten right, so why try at all. 

    Anyway, I know you can do this, and it would sound so much less patronising if you did so.
    Try this: http://www.mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/language/pronunciation

  30. The Anadromous Life March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    I guess we are at the point where the Aztecs seem pretty cool. Have a heart.

  31. Jim Dighton March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Do a video on boers, they have an interesting history

  32. Marvin March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Simon with the classic British outfit but more stylish! lol

  33. Mae M March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm


  34. Gyrffos March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Vae victis, indios

  35. Mae M March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    📅} " This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. "
    Psalm 118:24 {📅

  36. Mae M March 15, 2019 at 5:37 pm

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