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date: 28 February 2020

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This chapter discusses the nature of commerce in Aztec society. It examines the role of merchants, crafts persons, and the marketplace in the structure of Aztec economy. The community of Otumba is known to have contained a group of pochteca merchants who traveled long distances in the pursuit of wealth. The relationship between local crafts persons and merchant behavior is examined, which reveals a richly textured commercial society with economic activity at different levels within the community.

Keywords: commerce, marketplace, pochteca, merchants, Aztec, Otumba

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