Tribute to the Triple Alliance, 3 K

_DSC6801“Hacienda del Apantle de la Santa Cruz, Memories of its Surroundings”

The Tlahuicas were organized in small cities-states—approximately sixty. Each one of them was governed by a Tlatoani who inherited his title. Even though in the rituals, commerce and diplomacy these small states cooperated among themselves, they also competed in the ball game and in war. The most powerful of the Tlatoani took over his neighbors and forced them to pay taxes. With time, the capitals of the most powerful states became larger cities, characterized by an impressive architecture.
The main activities of the population were commerce, arts and crafts and agriculture. Their basic crops were corn, beans and cotton. Sine cotton clothing was much appreciated, this product became very important. Morelos had the necessary climatic conditions for its cultivation, which explains the importance acquired by the Tlahuica economy.
In the post classic era, the Tlahuica agriculture became very important in the center of Mexico. They used two types of intensive agriculture: irrigation all along the rivers, dykes and channels, used to bring water to the fields and terracing.
The high precipitations and the mild climate favored cultivation. Irrigation technology was developed very early in the valley of Yautepec. In the post classic era irrigation had proliferated in such a way that all the land good for cultivation used this system. The mountainous topography and the slopes covered with terracing, delimited by stone walls, formed narrow fields for farming corn and beans.
In the Valley of Mexico the second of the empires of the post classic was the Mexica or the Triple Alliance, formed by Tenochtitlán, Texcoco and Tlacopan and they were mainly known by the military conquests in all the Valley of Mexico. In 1430 the Mexica Empire began to expand outside the Valley of Mexico. The territory of Morelos was its first conquest. From then on this territory had to pay taxes to Tlatoani of Tenochtitlán.

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