Acamapichtli was the first tlatoani, or ruler, of the Triple Alliance (the Aztec) sitting as head of the Mexica-Tenochtitlan. His name means “handful of arrows” or “handful of reeds”, and is credited with being the founder of the Aztec imperial dynasty.
He became ruler in 1375 and reigned for 19 years.
As Fray Bernardino de Sahagún observed: the Mexicans “are held to be barbarians and of very little worth; in truth, however, in matters of culture and refinement, they are a step ahead of other nations." We explore the history and legacy of the Nahua and Maya civilizations, both of which challenge our preconceptions.