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date: 01 December 2020

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The production and exchange of goods and services is a fundamental feature of all human societies, and this certainly was the case in ancient Mesoamerica. Complex forms of exchange linked every level of Pre-Columbian society from simple households to the king's palace. Trade was important for two reasons: meeting the needs that people had for specific goods and reducing subsistence risk and resource shortages. This article examines systems of exchange within Mesoamerica's dual economy. It discusses the structure of the economy along with the role of the marketplace in Mesoamerican exchange systems and how resources were exchanged through both professional and nonprofessional commercial networks.

Keywords: Mesoamerica, exchange systems, dual economy, marketplace, commercial networks

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