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By Benjamin Keen, Keith Haynes

This best-selling textual content for introductory Latin American heritage classes, A background of Latin the US, encompasses political and diplomatic conception, type constitution and fiscal association, tradition and faith, and the surroundings. The integrating framework is the dependency thought, the preferred interpretation of Latin American background, which stresses the commercial courting of Latin American countries to wealthier international locations, relatively the United States.Spanning pre-historic occasions to the current, A background of Latin the United States makes use of either a chronological and a nation-by-nation strategy, and contains the newest ancient research and the main up to date study. this is often the main streamlined and cohesive variation but, with giant additions to pedagogy and bankruptcy content material. improved assurance of social and cultural historical past comprises ladies, indigenous cultures, and Afro-Latino peoples.

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This book includes the adventures of the heroic twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque, who, after many exploits, ascended into heaven to become the sun and the moon. It was written in postConquest times in the Spanish alphabet by a native who drew on the oral traditions of his people. In certain types of artistic activity, the Maya surpassed all other Middle American peoples. The temples and pyramids at Teotihuacán and Tenochtitlán were often larger than their Maya counterparts but lacked their grace and subtlety.

THE AZTECS OF MEXICO Lake Zumpango VALLEY Teotihuacán OF MEXICO Zumpango Gulf of Mexico Palenque Xaltocán Lake Xaltocán Teotihuacán Cuautitlán 25 Chichén Itzá Tikal Area of main map Maya site PACIFIC OCEAN Tlaloc Tenayucan Izhuatepec Totan Azcapotzalco Lake Texcoco Texcoco Tepeyacac Huexotla Tlatelolco Tlacopan Coatlichan Tenochtitlán Tepetzinco Iztacalco zingo xicalt Me Itztapalapan Coyoacan Huitzilopocho Tlalpan Colhuácan Lake Xochimilco Cuitlahuac Lake Chalco Xochimilco Chalco Mizquic Iztaccihuatl Town Triple Alliance capital Volcano Mountain Swampland 0 Causeway 0 5 10 5 Popocatepetl 15 Km.

The Aztec political system was a mixture of royal despotism and theocracy. Political power was concentrated in a ruling class of priests and nobles, over which presided an absolute ruler. Originally, the ruler had been chosen by the whole Aztec community, assembled for that purpose. Later, he was chosen by a council or electoral college that was dominated by the most important priests, officials, and warriors, including close relatives of the king. The council, in consultation with the kings of Texcoco and Tlacopan, selected the monarch from among the sons, brothers, or nephews of the previous ruler.

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