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In the beginning a great empire of the maize dominated of what is Mexico today Today these countries enjoy its food after hundreds of years of change from the Aztecs Spanish and mechanization of the tortilla The people that first settle here were the Aztecs The capital of these people had it in Tenochtitl People got around with canoes on rivers leading up to the imperial courts On the way one would see white houses with a pop of parks and temples Pilcher p 14-16 Upon arrival the market would be bustling with food all over the countryside The following vegetables were seen to be sold tomatoes potatoes squash chiles and catus paddles In addition there were tropical fruits as zapotes mameys chayotes and guavas But what is the market without the butcher For he has supplied rabbits dogs gophers sloths antelope possums along with the regular beef and pork For special occasions armadillos iguanas and lizards were sold These reptiles were identified as white meat that taste likes chicken Pilcher p 9 In this empire corn was the food of the people The god Thaloc was in charge of rain and thunder He was a snake face god that could help or destroy the peoples crops To appease the gods human sacrifice and ritual cannibalism was apparent The blood and flesh of warriors were spread across the field for blessings They may have not known this but they were actually fertilizing the ground for growing corn From these people the greatest Mesoamerican invention came the tortilla This took many hours of labor to create At the start corn had to be soaked in a cazuela pot with mineral lime overnight to grind into masa on a grinding stone metate After it was masa was kneaded into the sized of golf balls and tossed like pizza dough into a tortilla Being formed into a circle it was placed on a comal griddle This was a
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