900 AD to 1200 AD
The post classic period saw many changes; constant warfare, terrible disruptions of daily life occurred; people on the move to escape the violence and the worn out land. Many cities fell into ruin. However, in the West a new group of people were arriving from the north and settling in the area we know today as Mexico City. They were to become the Aztecs. They had never heard of chocolate in the north, but when they were introduced to this most delicious essence, they made it an elite food and called it chocolate in their language. Only royalty was allowed to partake of it.
Ruins at Chichén Itza. An ancient city in Yucatán, Mexico. Photograph © Justin Kerr
Aztecs. (after the Florentine Codex)
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