The Aztec "Flowery War": A Geopolitical Explanation

  title={The Aztec "Flowery War": A Geopolitical Explanation},
  author={Barry L. Isaac},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Research},
  pages={415 - 432}
  • B. Isaac
  • Published 1 December 1983
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
This article examines the sixteenth-century Hispanic writings on the so-called Flowery War between the Aztec Empire and the Tlaxcala-Pueblan Valley kingdoms (ca. 1455-1519). It argues that modern writers have grossly exaggerated the ritual component and intent of this protracted war, largely through a misunderstanding of the geopolitics of both the Valley of Mexico and the Tlaxcala-Pueblan Valley. The thesis presented here is that the Aztec Empire was simply unable to conquer the Tlaxcala… 
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