Toltec Civilization


The Toltec civilization flourished in ancient central Mexico between the 10th and mid-12th centuries. Continuing the Mesoamerican heritage left to them by earlier cultures, the Toltecs built an impressive capital at Tollan. Ultimately, they passed on that heritage to civilizations such as the Aztecs, who regarded the Toltecs as a great and prosperous civilization, even claiming descent from them.

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  • 250 CE - 950 CE
    The Classic Maya Period which saw the height of the Maya Civilization in cities such as Chichen Itza, Palenque, Tikal, Copan and Uxmal.
  • c. 900 CE - c. 1150 CE
    The Toltec civilization flourishes in Mesoamerica.
  • 935 CE - 947 CE
    Ce Acatl Topiltzin the legendary leader of the Toltecs was born.
  • c. 1150 CE
    The Toltec capital of Tollan is systematically destroyed.
  • 1156 CE - 1168 CE
    The remaining Toltecs led by Huemac flee Tollan and re-settle at Chapultepec on the west banks of Lake Texcoco.
  • c. 1345 CE - 1521 CE
    The Aztec civilization flourishes in Mesoamerica.