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Aztec human sacrifice, illustration. The Aztecs believed that human sacrifice ensured the Sun would rise again nourished by the hearts of men. The Aztec Empire (ruled by the Mexica) was an alliance of three city states that ruled in central Mexico from 1428 until their defeat by Spanish conquistadors in 1521.
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