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The Aztec people lived in central Mexico hundreds of years ago. Their capital was called Tenochtitlan. This amazing city was built on an island near the western shore of Lake Texcoco. Parts of the city could only be accessed by boats or beautiful bridges. There were busy markets, flowers growing everywhere, and a vibrant culture.\n\nScholars believe that the city was founded in 1345 C.E. For nearly 200 years, it was the center of Aztec civilization. More than 200,000 people lived there, making it the most populated city in the empire.