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This was the situation when he was replaced on the throne of his nephew Moctezuma: the cult of human sacrifice has reached its climax; while the tribes of Tlaxcala, Cholula, and others were held in subjection only to Aztec force of arms; to the same end of the 52-year cycle I was to come in just four years. At this time the distance is difficult to judge what kind of person was Moctezuma. Apparently, he was not deprived of his military abilities, as kept in strict subordination to the conquered tribes, and after a campaign to pacify the rebellious oashaktsev could sacrifice Huitzilopochtli approximately twelve thousand prisoners. In addition, he has certainly been no lack of cunning, he's ambushed their allies from Texcoco in retaliation for the death of his sister, and when he died in 1516 Nesaualpili their king, he appointed heir of his will against the will of the electors Texcoco. From a political point of view, such a move is unlikely to force was reasonable, he almost led to the rupture of allied relations. This fact reveals the Achilles heel of the Aztec Empire. Military achievements have not been converted into an administrative unity. Thus, with respect to Mexico in part the word "empire" is inaccurate. The Aztecs, like their previous Indian conquerors of Central America, levied tribute from the conquered tribes, but left their organizational independence. This and so was able to successfully use Kortes.Agilar, which, like Bernal Diaz wrote his notes at the end of a long life, being more than forty years, a monk of the Dominican Order, describes Moctezuma man "of medium height and slightly built, with a large head and several flat nostrils. He was very cunning, shrewd and cautious, educated and capable, but also very tough and quick-tempered and very confident in his speech. " Bernal Diaz gives a similar, but more detailed description of the "Great Moctezuma was about forty years old, he was well-built and well-built, and not too dark, though with usual Indian complexion. He did not wear long hair, but to his ears, and had short black beard, thin and in good shape. His face was quite extended and energetic, with beautiful eyes; his appearance and manners, he could express geniality or, when necessary, the seriousness. " Then he talks about the neatness and cleanliness of Moctezuma, that he took a bath every day, and that he had many concubines; they were all daughters of leaders, but two of them were considered legitimate wives themselves were caciques. Moctezuma did not practice sodomy, but its relations with any of his wives and concubines were so secret that they knew about only a few of his servants. In the palace of Moctezuma near the rests of his own bodyguards placed detachment of two hundred chiefs, only some of which are allowed to talk to him; He is entering the room where Moctezuma, they had to withdraw their rich cloaks and put others more modest. They also had to keep themselves clean and to walk barefoot, with downcast eyes, as they were not allowed to look in the face of Moctezuma. The same applied to all the leaders of the remote-tributary tribes, who came to visit him.



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