Question: Please help me! 10 pts?
Why were chinampas important to the Aztec people? i read through the document and still couldnt figure out why is it important to them so if you could Please tell me why was it important that would be so helpful you see i dont know much english and i dont know how i would explain why chinampas are important to the Aztec ppl. so please help me thnx! 10pts for helping.
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The large surpluses that chinampas were able to produce was one of the main reasons why the society was able to evolve in the way it did. Before chinampas most of the population had to be full-time or at least part-time farmers to support their families and pay tribute (Berdan 2005). After chinampas became more widespread, and the southern lakes began producing massive amounts of maize, the people in the cities, notably Tenochtitlan, were able to focus more on life outside of farming. Specialists could start to emerge, individuals who were focused full-time on the creation of goods. This branching out created a complex system of interdependence.
The high population of Tenochtitlan can also be attributed to the large surpluses produced by the southern chinampas. The reliability of the crops encouraged city growth. We can also assume that the bountiful harvests helped most of the aztecs stay healthy and well-fed. This would've helped during times of war against enemies from smaller towns who were perhaps struggling with their crops. So, indirectly, chinampa productions helped in the growth of the Aztec empire itself.
There are many reasons why chinampas were valuable to the people in the Basin area. It is sure that without chinampas the city of Tenochtitlan would have had a hard, if not an impossible time supporting such a population with such a complex economic system.
The second paragraph gives you the most reasons.