The origins of the Aztec are uncertain, but the people's role in Mesoamerican history is not. As the dominant force in pre-Columbian Mexico, this tribe had a complex social, political, and religious society that helped it become one of the greatest civilizations of Central America. Readers learn the fascinating history of the Aztec people through text written to support elementary social studies curricula. Artwork, primary sources, and photographs of historical artifacts help readers absorb the Aztec's unique culture. Readers walk away understanding the factors that contributed to the rise and fall of the Aztec empire.