Did the Aztecs have slaves?


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Yes. Slaves were not captured people. Captured people were sacrificed to feed the hungry Aztec gods. Slaves were Aztecs. There were only two ways you could become a slave. You could be made a slave as punishment for a crime you had committed, or you could become a slave if your family sold you into slavery to pay family debts. Your period of slavery was over when your punishment was over. You could buy your way out of slavery once you paid off the debt. Slaves lived very much like other commoners. They could even marry a free woman or man. Children were not born slaves; they were born free. Slaves