Title

The Mesoamerican Connection in the Southwest

Document Type

Article

Creation Date

1980

Keywords

Anthropology, Mexican History, Mesoamerican Development, U.S. Southwest, Spanish Conquest, Tenochtitlan, Tula, Toltec, Historias Americanas

Description

The theory that Mesoamerican pochteca intruded into the Southwest between A.D. 1000 and 1400 and that these pochteca exercised political and economic control of the region during this period is critically considered. Close examination of the data and arguments advanced to support this theory reveal that it cannot be accepted. An alternate interpretation of Mesoamerican-Southwestern interaction is presented. This alternate view is not based on a simple concept of domination of one area by another but on consideration of shifting trade relations through time.

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