The Aztecs lived a life that most of us don't know about.Here are a couple of facts you probably didn't know about the agriculture of the Aztecs:
- Girls learnt crafting skills from their mothers
- Tlaloc was the ancient god of rain and fertility.Moctezuma believed that if the Aztecs(including himself)didn't worship the god as he wanted,the food supplies would be wiped out almost instantly.
- The weather wasn't often too hot or too cold.
- Aztec farming methods were a whole lot more harder to understand than the methods the Spaniards used.
- Paper was made out of the bark of fig trees
- When huge swarms of locusts descended onto the Aztec crops,havoc corrupted.Food supplies were wiped out almost immedietly and people starved to death.
- Grinding chillies in a bowl made a fine paste.
- An Aztec's home could also be a workplace for the person.Farmers who knew how to craft things like pottery could make goods for their own use or to sell in the enormous city markets.
- Aztecs oftenly drank water but on special occasions,beer made from the sap of cactuses might be served.
- Aztec farming families lived in communities of 10-20 households.Each family own land where they could grow their own food or grow food for the tribute.When Aztec farming parents passed away,the land that the parents used to own gets passed down to their children.
- Farmers not only grew crops but also grew flowers on their chinampas.These flowers were used in Aztec festivals throughout the year.