Sell! Sell! Sell!<br />Aztec Trading Culture and the Marketplace<br />
What were they like?<br />Resembled modern-day flea markets or malls<br />Marketplaces were created because it established...
Pochteca and the Buyer<br />Pochtechas were the merchants that bardered and haggled for items and prices from all the diff...
Caption: Taken from the codex Laud<br />Taken from Codex Laud<br />
Two Types of Currency<br />Aztecs lived in a trading culture which means that the people of Mesoamerica trading precious s...
What’s on your list?<br />Here are some of the items that would be on a shopping list:<br />Skins (jaguar)<br />Feathers<b...
What is it worth?<br />Turkey Hen – 100 cacao beans<br />Rabbit – 100<br />Small rabbit – 30<br />Turkey egg – 3<br />Avoc...
Now What?<br />Now, it is your turn!<br />7 of you will be the pochtecha and 7 of you will have Aztec “grocery lists”<br /...
Sources<br />http://books.google.com/books?id=qZNdwX8O9DUC&pg=PA117&lpg=PA117&dq=aztecs+cacao+bean+worth&source=bl&ots=ZWP...
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  1. 1. Sell! Sell! Sell!<br />Aztec Trading Culture and the Marketplace<br />
  2. 2. What were they like?<br />Resembled modern-day flea markets or malls<br />Marketplaces were created because it established both a governmental and class structural system along with creating an economy<br />Tenochtitlan’s market place was the biggest and it lied in the western lake of Texcoco<br />Markets were open 5-days per week which is the equivalent of an Aztec week<br />
  3. 3. Pochteca and the Buyer<br />Pochtechas were the merchants that bardered and haggled for items and prices from all the different kinds of people that came through the marketplace<br />Not only did they sell within the marketplace but they ventured outward to other cities in Mesoamerica to trade in order to bring back goods to his own city<br />They were able to buy exotic items from far away places which the nobles bought in order to show signs of wealth (amber, jade, feathers, art)<br />Also worked as spies and messengers to go onto enemy lands and bring back information to the King or to declare war on an opposing country<br />Were not nobles but not considered commoners and they threw parties in order to trade wealth for rank<br />Commoners could become pochtechas but it was very hard to gain rank in the Aztec community<br />
  4. 4. Caption: Taken from the codex Laud<br />Taken from Codex Laud<br />
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  6. 6. Two Types of Currency<br />Aztecs lived in a trading culture which means that the people of Mesoamerica trading precious stones, crops, and jewlery<br />If there was nothing to trade the Aztec people used:<br />1. Cacao Beans (main ingredient for chocolate)<br />2. Quachtli (used for large purchases – cotton capes which the people used in order to weave cloth)<br />3 standard grades:<br />1. 65 cacao beans<br />2. 85 cacao beans<br />3. 100 cacao beans<br />
  7. 7. What’s on your list?<br />Here are some of the items that would be on a shopping list:<br />Skins (jaguar)<br />Feathers<br />Crops (from farmers): avocados, tomatos, cactus fruit, tamales, chile peppers<br />Cacao beans (which were also used as currency. These bean are the main ingredient for chocolate and were very desirable)<br />Amber<br />Jade<br />Salt (preservation and taste)<br />Lip piercings<br />Rabbits<br />Turkey eggs<br />Turkey hen<br />Fish wrapped in maize husks<br />Chopped firewood<br />
  8. 8. What is it worth?<br />Turkey Hen – 100 cacao beans<br />Rabbit – 100<br />Small rabbit – 30<br />Turkey egg – 3<br />Avocado – 3<br />Large tomato – 1<br />Tamale – 1<br />Cactus fruit – 1<br />Fish wrapped in maize husks – 3<br />Chopped firewood – 1<br />5 chiles – 1<br />Lip plugs (earrings) – 25 quachtli<br />Jade beads – 600 quachtli<br />*quachtli also used for tools and clothes and feathers<br />
  9. 9. Now What?<br />Now, it is your turn!<br />7 of you will be the pochtecha and 7 of you will have Aztec “grocery lists”<br />Go around and shop for your items.<br />BUT REMEMBER! Each item that you are shopping for is worth a certain amount of cacao beans or quachtli so pay attention to the price!<br />HAVE FUN AND GET SHOPPING!!!! <br />
  10. 10. Sources<br />http://books.google.com/books?id=qZNdwX8O9DUC&pg=PA117&lpg=PA117&dq=aztecs+cacao+bean+worth&source=bl&ots=ZWPy-2Yhou&sig=8uvKN4qJTRdJUBizeFpvzqsxWRw&hl=en&ei=g_rASs-vFdDX8AbmtNCtAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2#v=onepage&q=&f=false<br /> <br />http://library.thinkquest.org/16325/y-eco.html<br />

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