I kinda like this Macuahuitl. It's basically a wooden club with obsidian blades.
Obsidian is a very fragile material. Sharp but it breaks easily. I think they can be replaced after use (assuming they would make a bunch of obsidian blades). and just like>>27786519
mentioned, the Aztecs had a different type of warfare where their main objective is to capture prisoners for sacrifice.
Just saying they were kinda a shitty combat culture. Not to diminish on their spirit or anything but it's just interesting to see how they developed so poorly versus across the pond, same timeframe where people had proper steel, plate and mail armor, weapons that could be used against and again for prolonged warfare.
True. They never made use of iron (let alone bronze) for their weapons. It's also important to consider that the Aztecs had no competition in power as opposed to the Europeans that had to constantly innovate to keep up with enemy advances. For the Aztecs, these shitty weapons were good enough considering they used them to keep the smaller nations in check and didn't really engage in massive battles where these weapons would certainly break. It's one of the many reasons why the Aztecs were so easily defeated.
They can be replaced easily, IIRC aztecs would carry around obsidian blades when the ones on their Macuahuitl shattered. It also made the weapon so dangerous to unarmored targets, all those obsidian shards would slice you up good.
You should watch deadland. The entire movie is a primitive weapons porn, and the fight are bretty good too.
actually the aztecs fought off the spanish fairly well. the reason why the aztecs were defeated is actually because of disease that wiped out 2/3 of the population.
the spanish were wearing armor and laid siege on a city that was built on a lake, the aztecs threw them off and the spanish soldiers easily died. the aztecs also were extremely competent and fierce warriors, basically the vikings of mesoamerica. source: majored in cultural anthropology, specializing in mesoamerican studies.
>(assuming they would make a bunch of obsidian blades)
They mass-produced that shit. Like, there's a few production methods for the blades that have been reconstructed and it turns out that a single semi-skilled worker with simple tools can churn out several hundred of them in a day.
The didn't make use of metal because south america is lacking in metal deposits that are easily accessible with the tools the south american civilisations had access to.
Pretty much every divergence they took compared to european civilisation is the result of adapting to the geography, climate and avaiability of natural resources in the area.
pic related was the royal dagger of the Topkapi sultan. The gems in the handle (the large green parts) are pure emerald. admittedly the blade is obviously made of metal.
You can't use knives as weapons! Some faggot on the Internet said so!
These all look like they would instantly break apart the moment you hit someone with them.
The Ass Texs were clearly inferior. They essentially bullied their neigbors to high hell until the Spanish arrived and managed to support the smaller tribes to overthrow the Ass Texs. They planted the seeds of their own destructions. They were idiots.
To be fair you're essentially saying that they failed because they didn't predict that a much more (martially) advanced society was just about to float on over and fuck all of their shit.
Also side question for those who know history a tad better than I: Wasn't there some kind of vast world ending plague that hit the Americas before the Europeans ever even got off of their boats?
I'm pretty sure the world-ending plague was from the Europeans. And the diseases spread both ways, but the Euros lucked out and only got stuff like Malaria or Syphilis, while the Americans got hit with influenza and shit.
no it came with domestic animals like pigs and goats which the engines did not have
thats why they were so raped by it, yuros had been getting and living with smallpox for 10,000 years, it was not normally fatal for the, it was like a bad case of chicken pox or herpes
but the Indians had never built up any immunity at all and were nearly wiped off the face of the earth by it