La Noche Triste

50 70 of the pre contact population is gone in 1550

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Unformatted text preview: . The Spanish claim the Aztecs’ role as overlords, but leave production as it was locally. What do they do? Spaniards gain their own sustenance, allows subsistence and palatial homes Gain labor for the building of said homes Gain rotating gang of laborers, send them out to pan for gold. BUT: only rich in indigenous terms feathers and cacao not valuable to Europeans as to indigenous. It took time for the Europeans to adopt the tortilla, bread was better. Imposed tribute in wheat Indians had to plant wheat. Sugar is too complicated for growth, can’t just impose sugar tribute and expect indigenous people to grind, boil, build irrigation system, etc. Cortes organizes the production of sugar near Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) for the markets there. Fu...
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