Aztecs: Unveiling the Golden City and the Lost Empire

In the accounts of history, few civilizations have captured the imagination as vividly as the Aztecs. Their rich cultural tapestry, awe-inspiring architecture, and mysterious rituals have continued to fascinate academics and enthusiasts for many years.

Our Aztec Primary History Resource “The Golden City – The Lost Empire of the Aztecs.” offers your class a window into this mysterious empire.  This enjoyable historical musical sheds light on the majestic rise and tragic fall of a civilization that thrived in the heart of the historic region of Mesoamerica. Today, it is a region that covers the modern day countries of northern Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, and central to southern Mexico.

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Aztec Primary History Resource - The Golden City“The Golden City – The Lost Empire of the Aztecs” is more than just a historical narrative; it’s a journey back in time to a world where monumental cities thrived amidst the vastness of the Mexican landscape. Authored by Anthony James this Aztec Primary Resource paints a vivid picture of life at the end of the Aztec Empire.

It tells the story of an enterprising young archaeologist, Dr Lara Jones, along with her young assistant who discover a codex in an ancient mountain pass. The codex was written 700 years ago by an Aztec farmer called Chipilli.  With the help of the codex, we travel back in time to the last days of the Aztec empire and to the legendary Golden City, Tenochtitlan, where the Aztec ruler, Moctezuma, is about to face the metal gods who have invaded the Aztec world and are about to end its existence. Will Chipilli save his family from the Spanish onslaught, and can he save the Aztec empire in an unusual way?   

The Golden City is a fictional story accurately based on the historical facts and spiritual beliefs of the Aztec people. Created specifically for children, this lively look at the dramatic events that ended the Aztec empire is accompanied by a musical score of memorable and incredible songs that capture the heart of a lost civilisation. It follows Chipilli, a fictional young Aztec farmer, who realises the Spanish threat and sets out to save his friends, and to leave a record of his people for posterity.

Who were the Aztecs?

Interestingly the Aztecs, were a nomadic tribe that settled in the marshes of Lake Texcoco, then built their empire with a mixture of military prowess, agricultural ingenuity, and religious passion. To learn much more on them go to


It was the Golden City at the heart of their empire, Tenochtitlan was a city characterized by its ingenious urban planning, intricate network of canals, and breathtaking temples.

It was a city, with its layered architecture, and a famed monumental pyramid dedicated to the gods Huitzilopochtli and Tlaloc, called Templo Mayor. It captures the essence of a city where the spiritual and the material coexisted in harmonious complexity.

The Remarkable Story of the Aztecs

 Their empire was built out of their conquest and colonization of the regions around them, they did this through military might and strategic alliances. This Aztec Primary Resource shows the complexities of Aztec politics, the role of the emperor as both a political and spiritual leader, and the symbiotic relationship between the ruler and the divine.

The End

It all ended very quickly when on the 8th November 1519, the conquistador, Hernán Cortes, arrived in Tenochtitlan along with 400 Spaniards and around 1000 native troops.

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