|Mexica people ruled Aztec Empire with Culhua Toltec descendants (Florentine Codex)|
|Aztec patron god Huitzilopochtli (codex)|
The Mexica established Mexico-Tenochtitlan, a settlement on an island on Lake Texcoco.
A dissident group from Mexico-Tenochtitlan separated and founded the settlement of Mexico-Tlatelolco with its own dynastic lineage.
The name "Aztec" was coined by Alexander von Humboldt, who combined "Aztlan" ("place of the heron"), their mythic homeland, and tec(atl), "people of" (Frances F. Berdan "Mesoamerica: Mexica," Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture, Michael S. Werner (ed.), Routledge, 1998).
Nahuas of the Valley of Mexico and neighboring valleys. More
Why is it called "Mexico"?
This group was also known as the Culhua-Mexica in recognition of its kinship alliance with the neighboring Culhua, descendants of the revered Toltecs, who occupied the Toltec capital of Tula from the 10th through 12th centuries. More