The form of government differed in the different states of Anahuac With the Aztecs and Tezcucans it was monarchical and nearly absolute. The two nations resembled each other so much in their political institutions that one of their historians has remarked, in too unqualified a manner indeed, that what is told of one may be always understood as applying to the other. 1 I shall direct my inquiries to the Mexican polity, borrowing an illustration occasionally from that of the rival kingdom.