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Aztec maize agriculture as depicted in the Florentine Codex Inca farmers using a chakitaqlla Andean foot plough Tribute from one region of the Aztec empire as shown in Codex Mendoza A quipuan Andean device of tied knots for record keeping. On the lower left is a yupana — an Incan calculating device.
A complex of 27 Inca warehouses above OllantaytamboPeru There was no integrated economy in Latin America prior to European contact, when the region was then incorporated into the Spanish empire and the Portuguese empire.
The peoples of the Western Hemisphere so-called "Indians" had various levels of socioeconomic complexity, the most complex and extensive at the time of European contact were the Aztec empire in central Mexico and the Inca empire in the Andean region, which arose without contact with the Eastern Hemisphere prior to the late fifteenth-century European voyages.
The north-south axis of Latin America, with little east-west continental area, meant that movement of people, animals, and plants was more challenging than in Eurasia, where similar climates occur along the same latitudes. This prompted the rise of more isolated economic and political systems in pre-Contact Latin America.
In central Mexico and the central Andes where large sedentary, hierarchically organized populations lived, large tributary regimes or empires emerged, and there were cycles of ethno-political control of territory, which ceased at the boundaries of sedentary populations.
Smaller units functioned within these larger empires during the pre-Contact period, and became the foundation for European control in the early Contact period. In both central Mexico and the central Andes, households of commoners cultivated land and rendered tribute and labor to local authorities, who would then forward goods to authorities further up the hierarchy.
In the circum-Caribbean region, Amazonia, the peripheries of North and South America, semi-sedentary and non-sedentary nomadic peoples had much political or economic integration. Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations developed in the absence of animal power and complicated agricultural tools.
In Mesoamerica, there was extensive cultivation of maizeaccomplished by hand-held digging stick, and harvesting of the ripened cobs done manually.
In the Andes, with steep hillsides and relatively little flat land for agriculture, the indigenous built terraces to increase agricultural land. In general, there was no such general modification of the topography in Mesoamerica, but at the southern, freshwater portion of the central lake system, indigenous peoples built chinampasmounds of earth for intense cultivation.
In Mesoamerica there were no large domesticated animals prior to the arrival of the Spaniards to ease labor or provide meat, manure, or hides. In the Andes, the staff of life and main carbohydrate was the potatoalso cultivated with human labor.
The llamaa New World cameloid, could be used as pack animals for relatively light loads and were a source of wool and meat. In both Mesoamerica and the central Andes cultivated cottonwhich was woven into lengths of textiles and worn by locals and rendered in tribute.
Tribute and trade[ edit ] Both Mesoamerica and the Inca empire required payments of tribute in labor and material goods. The Inca economy has been described in contradictory ways by scholars: The Inca had an extensive road systemlinking key areas of the empire, and some parts are extant in the modern era.
The roads were used by the military and for transport of goods by llamas, for warehousing in the stone-built qullqas. Gorges were spanned by rope bridges, which did not permit pack animal use.
The Inca road system was costly investment in permanent infrastructure, which had no equivalence in the Aztec empire. There were land transport routes without improvement, with the exception of the causeways linking the island where the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan was located.
Sections could be removed to prevent invading forces. Around the lake system of central Mexico, canoes transported people and goods. In Mesoamerica trade networks and fixed markets were established quite early, during the Formative period c.
Trade differs from tribute, which is one-way from subordinate to ruling power, whereas trade was a two-way exchange with profit as a desired outcome.
Some market places functioned as regularly scheduled one-day markets, while others, such as the great market at Tlatelolcowas a vast fixed emporium of goods flowing to the capital of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlan.
Many Mexican towns with a significant indigenous population continue to hold regularly scheduled market days, frequented by locals for ordinary household or work goods, with craft goods being particularly appealing to tourists.Aug 10, · Latin American countries must diversify their drivers of growth.
Commodities exports represented 60% of the region’s exports compared with 40%, ten years ago. More than the expansion of its volume, many have benefited from high commodities prices, but this is a volatile base for an economy, as demand has faltered, particularly from China. An environmental crisis is neither the result of a single factor nor of a combination of such.
On the contrary, it results from a complex combination of modes of interaction between natural and social systems, operating for periods in time and space. This holds true for the environmental crisis in Latin America, understood within the context of the first global environmental crisis in the.
Latin America isn’t the same as it was at the beginning of the millennium. The commodities boom was the engine behind significant achievements in employment, salaries and poverty levels across the region, which ended up changing the economic landscape.
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