The Tlaxcaltecs were originally a conglomeration of three distinct ethnic groups who spoke
Pinome. Eventually, the Nahuatl speakers became the dominant ethnic group.
Despite early attempts by the
Mexica, the Tlaxcalteca were never conquered by the
Aztec Triple Alliance. The Aztecs allowed them to maintain their independence so that they could participate in the xochiyaoyatl (
flower wars) with them to facilitate