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Trade and Tribute of the Aztec Empire

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Bethani Levine

on 22 May 2013

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Transcript of Trade and Tribute of the Aztec Empire

The Market System of Tribute Connecting the Dots Conclusion Trade and Tribute of the Aztec Empire Farmers worked part time at specialized jobs to supplement their income. This created roles. The market was born so every specialist could share their goods... ... and tribute was born to deal with the market. Society became partially commercialized with regulations on the market. As Aztec Culture developed people would develop different roles in society. 4 Levels of Tribute Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Commoners paid tribute to nobles: The goods included foodstuffs, raw cotton, and cotton mantas; the services included agricultural labor, household service (particularly corn grinding), and labor for the manufacture of textiles. Supported local tlataoani: 20 "Cuernavaca mantas" (cuauhnauacayotl), 40 "tribute mantas" (reduicuachtli), 8 worked garments, 26 "toallas," 1800 cacao beans, 13 turkeys, several other food items, plus various service obligations, the latter presumably carried out by his dependent commoners. Tribute made by city-states to conquest-state capitals: cotton textiles, foodstuffs, cacao, firewood, fodder, building materials, gold jewelry, and tropical feathers, plus slaves and general labor service. Also includes labor in the encomendero's maize and cotton fields, laborers and food provisions for nearby mines in Guerrero, and tribute in pottery. Tribute paid to Triple Alliance: cotton textiles, warriors' costumes and shields, paper, grain (maize, beans, chia, huautli), and gourd bowls. TRADE SPECIALIZATION TRIBUTE The Aztecs were prosperous because they created an organic economy consisting of tribute and trade that allowed for natural growth as it occurred. Organic growth Created stability across the board. Triple Alliance built upon existing foundation.
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