With over 30 years of experience in IT, Amita Vadlamudi served at a prominent financial services firm as a computer systems engineer. Outside of her professional interests, Amita Vadlamudi enjoys reading books on world history in her spare time. Among her interests are the achievements of ancient cultures, like the Egyptian Pyramids, Roman architecture, and the Aztec civilization.
With origins that extend all the way back to the 6th century in what is today Mexico, the Aztec civilization was comprised of many different tribes that spoke the Nahuatl language and controlled extensive regions of Mesoamerica until the 16th century. Aztec society was separated by a class system of nobility and commoners, although they implemented a policy of mandatory education for all peoples, regardless of social standing. The most famous noble figure during the height of the Aztec Empire was Montezuma II, a king who ruled from 1502-1520.
Although rich in cultural prominence due to the construction of pyramids and their prevalent use of gold in jewelry, the Aztec Empire fell to Spanish colonial forces led by Hernan Cortes within a few years of Montezuma II’s reign.