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The Pipiltin were the noble social class in the Mexica Empire. According to Maria Motika's Aztec History, these people were members of the hereditary nobility and occupied the top positions in the government, the army and the priesthood. Pipitlin helped increase social stresses which attributed to internal weaknesses of the Aztec Empire's downfall. As the Aztecs began settling what would later become their homelands, an elite emerged that claimed descent from the Toltecs, the former empire of Central Mexico. The new hereditary elite unified the clans that had been the center of Aztec life and paved the way for a conquest empire.
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