THE RISE OF THE AZTEC EMPIRE By John P. Schmal The Aztec Empire of 1519 was the most powerful Mesoamerican kingdom of all time. The multi-ethnic, multi-lingual realm stretched for more than 80,000 square miles through many parts of what is now central and southern Mexico. After the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, the conquerers did their best to bring an end to pagan forms. Santa Muerte is a…