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Students compare and contrast the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Meso-American and Andean civilizations.

Tenochtitlan

Under the Aztecs, why was Tenochtitlán a site of encounter? Download Primary Source Set: Tenochtitlan 

Tenochtitlán was a site of encounter because. as the capital of the Aztec Empire, it was a center of political and military power. The Aztecs required conquered city-states to pay tribute periodically to Tenochtitlán. Receipt of this tribute enriched the Aztec state and stimulated markets in Tenochtitlán. The Aztec ruler and state officials engaged in diplomacy with rulers and important foreigners.