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Itzcóatl – Fourth

Itzcóatl (reigned 1427–40), whose name means obsidian serpent, was the fourth king of the Aztecs. He is dressed in the clothes of the highest priests and is credited with destroying the old Nahuatl records, consolidating legal authority in a totalitarian leader, and with establishing the practice of “flowery wars,” which were waged to attain human sacrifices.  It is speculated that the institutionalization of the “flowery wars” was the foundation of Aztec expansion.