Lead: In the early decades of the 1500s, Spanish explorers, Conquistadors, moved from the Caribbean coast in central Mexico. There they encountered the Aztecs, a deeply religious people with a complex structure of rites and ceremonies.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: The Aztecs were one of most advanced civilizations in the Americas. When the Spanish made contact they were utterly amazed by the Aztecs’ high developmental level of math, astronomy, agriculture, and, in particular, architecture. Much of the architecture was related to religion. Aztecs believed the massive sculptures and towering temples were pleasing to the Gods and were a form of human respect and tribute.