Research Question

I am interested in ancient trade networks within prehispanic Mesoamerica. A question I might want to investigate is: how did the interconnectedness or disconnectedness of trade affect relations between ancient Aztec and Mayan society?

As a comparative project, I think it would be interesting to look at the ways trade remained central or expanded outside the boundaries of different Mesoamerican societies. One academic journal I was looking at discussed the importance of the marketplace because it was the center of commerce within a city. This allowed communities to come together and sell their products to other individuals from other regions. Another historical journal emphasized how dynamic the Mesoamerican economy was, which counters previous research that said that Mesoamerican economies were completely localized. There are many directions I could take this. I could focus specifically on certain resources, such as maize, obsidian, or crafts. Or I could look at the bigger picture and address the trade networks and trends between different Mesoamerican societies.


1 thought on “Research Question

  1. Katie Holt

    Looking at trade networks and Mesoamerican societies is a great topic. Given the short nature of this project, I think that you’re smart to focus on a single trade good. Which sound most interesting to you?


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