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date: 23 February 2020

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This chapter discusses Tututepec, which, in the Late Postclassic period (A.D.1100–1522 CE), was a Mixtec capital located in the lower Río Verde region on the coast of Oaxaca in Mexico. Ethnohistoric documents and evidence from archaeology indicate that Tututepec was the head of a tributary empire that controlled much of southern Oaxaca. Although the Aztecs conquered much of highland Oaxaca, the coastal Mixtec appear to have successfully defended their territory and remained independent. Tututepec benefitted from access to high-quality agricultural land and probably also served as a regional trade center, specializing in a variety of lowland resources including cotton, feathers, and salt.

Keywords: Mixtec, Oaxaca, Mexico, Late Postclassic, archaeology, Mexico

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