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Mexico Negotiates the Temporary Return of Moctezuma Headdress

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« on: January 24, 2011, 10:23:04 pm »

Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler

The British Museum recently held an extremely successful exhibition entitled Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler. An extract from their 2009 press release contains this description of the Aztec leader:



Aztec dancer Photo: By catface3, Flickr

Aztec dancer Photo: catface3, Flickr

‘Moctezuma (reigned 1502-1520) inherited and then consolidated Aztec control over a politically complex empire that by the early 16th century stretched from the shores of Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico.

Moctezuma was regarded as a semi- divine figure by his subjects charged with the task of interceding with the gods. As a battle-hardened general he was appointed supreme military commander and headed the two most prestigious warriors orders: the eagle and jaguar warriors.

He was elected as Ruling Lord (huey tlatoani) in 1502, built a new palace in the heart of Tenochtitlan (modern day Mexico City) and restructured the court. The arrival of the Spanish, during Moctezuma’s reign, witnessed the collapse of the native world order and the imposition of a new civilization that gave birth to modern Mexico.’

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