Perhaps Motecuhzoma had taken note of this and took the more prudent policy of appeasement rather than engage the enemy in the field, at least as an opening strategy.
In MarchCortes landed at the town of Tabascowhere he learned from the natives of the great Aztec civilization, then ruled by Moctezuma or Montezuma II. Typical Aztec crops included maize cornalong with beans, squashes, potatoes, tomatoes and avocadoes; they also supported themselves through fishing and hunting local animals such as rabbits, armadillos, snakes, coyotes and wild turkey.
Word soon reached Motecuhzoma that a large force of violent men was confidently approaching the Aztec heartlands. Conclusion Montezuma seems to have had some instinct that troubled times were ahead as he gave great importance to omens such as a comet sighted in CE, and he constantly consulted soothsayers for advice.
Kodeks Tudela Sacrifice has been part of many cultures throughout history and is still carried out today in some cultures. Numerous Nahuatl words borrowed by the Spanish were later absorbed into English as well, including chile or chili, avocado, chocolate, coyote, peyote, guacamole, ocelot and mescal.
Those sacrificed were chosen in different ways; some were volunteers from their own community and others were captured during battles with neighbouring tribes.
The Aztecs were not the only people to carry out human sacrifice, but they did it so often and in such a spectacular fashion that they became renowned for it.
Prescott read and used all the formal writings from the sixteenth century, although few had been published by the mid-nineteenth century when he was writing. The Spanish also fought with these other native people but were able to form alliances with some of them, including the Texlacans who had a longstanding violent feud with the Aztecs.
The warriors at the front would retreat to the back to allow the next group to fight and so on until the elite were back in the front again.