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Chris Mitchell HIST103 – 10 2/22/07 Tribute Under the Aztecs Study Q #2: The ancient Aztec people lived substandard lifestyles compared to how they should have been living. This is due to a centuries old tribute system that the Aztecs took control of when they conquered the land. This tribute system along with tyrannical Indian lords caused the Aztec families to live highly taxed, poverty stricken lifestyles. The tribute system was simply, every country had their Indian lord, and each lord would assign the common folk to a piece of land for which they would sow. The common folk would have their houses on their land and every twenty to fifty homes would have over them an Indian head appointed by the lord called a tiquitlato . This “seeker of tribute” would go to each home on a schedule and inspect their fields, count the produce that they had reaped, and collect the lord’s tribute. The tiquitlato will leave only what the household requires to survive until the next harvest. If some poor Aztec doesn’t produce
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course HIST 103 taught by Professor Austin during the Spring '07 term at University of Delaware.

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