La Noche Triste

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Unformatted text preview: ight to extract tribute and labor service defined as whatever the Aztecs used to claim from the lord and community. Had to baptize/Christianize the region, and NOT exact too much labor or tribute (prevention of exploitation only the established lord and encomienda could exact tribute) Differing indigenous voices over how much tribute the Aztecs took: more was good for the lord/encomienda, less for the workers. Court cases resulted. The indigenous people learned to shape testimony to seek their interest in the Spanish judicial system. Spanish believed themselves overlords, most early indigenous lords saw themselves as equal lords. Spaniards are not claiming the land as encomienda, it must maintain the equilibrium of production in order to exact tribute and the rotating gang labor of the mit’a...
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