What did the Spanish think of the Aztecs?

Question:

What did the Spanish think of the Aztecs?

Aztec Empire:

The Aztec Empire was in existence from 1428 until 1521, when it was defeated by the Spanish Conquistadors and their allies. It was located in Central America, in part of modern day Mexico. The most famous Aztec ruler was Montezuma II, who was in power when the Aztecs fell to the Spaniards.

Answer and Explanation:

The Spanish seemed to have somewhat mixed feelings about the Aztecs. They were awe inspired by the Aztec magnificent capital city, Tenochtitlan (modern day Mexico City). At the same time, however, the Spanish saw them as barbaric because of their practice of human sacrifice. They also believed they were heathens because they were not Catholic.


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