The Ancient History of the Americas – Aztecs

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The Ancient History of the Americas has several important civilisations including the Aztecs, the Mayans and the Incas. These three civilisations had much in common but were completely different civilisations.


KnowledgeNuts state that:

“The Olmec, Mayan, Incan, and Aztec civilizations are some of the greatest ancient civilizations in history, and yet we know very little about them compared to other parts of the world. The Olmecs are frequently forgotten entirely, and the rest are often lumped together, or confused but they were all completely distinct. In short, the Maya came first, and settled in modern-day Mexico. Next came the Olmecs, who also settled Mexico. They didn’t build any major cities, but they were widespread and prosperous. They were followed by the Inca in modern-day Peru, and finally the Aztecs, also in modern-day Mexico.”(KnowledgeNuts)

DK Findout! – This site has a wonderful interactive page dedicated to Aztec History with glossary items giving simple facts but linking to pages of far more detailed information and beautiful photographs.


Children can follow their own paths through the information presented, accessing it in their own order. Aspects covered are:

  • The calendar, religion and writing.
  • The Empire including information about settlements, invasions, warriors, food, crops and trade.
  • Hunting and fishing.
  • There is a section devoted to what the Aztecs ate.
  • Sport
  • Art and Craft
  • Markets
  • The capital city: Tenochtitlan

There are also quizzes to test one’s knowledge on most pages.

Mr Donn’s website has a very useful page for children. His pages include myths and legends, stories, jewellery, floating gardens, information about schools and daily life including slaves. There is a page linking to several online games about the Aztec, suitable for children to play whilst they are learning about the civilisation.

This website also has a page for teachers with free presentations, information about literature and some lesson plans and activities. There is also free Aztec clip art that children can use.