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Technologies Adopted (Papatlaca)

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The exchange of technologies, ideas, and materials in the 16th century

Old World Technologies adopted by Mesoamerican Culture

Buttons

1530

Pins

1530

Wooden Doors

1530

Fabric curtains continue to be used as doors but wooden doors see use in areas where valuables are stored and as a prestige item.

Horse (military)

1530

War Dog

1530

The Aztoltec already had a small breed of dog used as food, but the Castilians introduced large breeds trained to kill.

Crossbow

1540

True Arch

1540

First used in a Catholic church which the Cholulans allowed to be built in their city

Wheelbarrow

1540

Phonetic glyphs

1540

Gunpowder

1550

Barque

1550

Horse (draft)

1560

Plow

1560

Bellows

1560

Wagon

1570

Iron working

1580

Cattle

1600

Cattle were raised in Cuba but could be found in Aztoltecs markets.

Western War Tactics

1600

This was a gradual transition.


New World products in the Old World

Corn

Yes

Thought to have medicinal properties but also used as foodstuff for both humans and animals

Tobacco

Yes

But much more limited use than in OTL

Chocolate

Yes

in very limited quantities

Jewelry

Yes

Gold, silver and copper metals with jade, turquoise, shell, feathers or other materials. Aztoltec craftsmen produced superior works which became prestige possessions in European courts.

Gold

Yes

Again in more limited amounts.

Tomatoes

No

Potatoes

No

Even just the absence of potatoes from Europe would make ALT very different from OTL

Vanilla

No

Beans

No

Peppers

No

Avocado

No

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Faith

Jesus Christ: Most Europeans who survived as slaves still followed their Christian faith. Many Aztoltecs also converted. The Aztoltec priestly class considered Jesus to be merely one of the many aspects of the god Quetzalcoatl, but the common villagers considered Jesus to be a god in his own right.

God, Jehovah, Yahweh: The Old World God was considered to be an aspect of the Aztoltec god Ometeotl also known as Tloque Nahuaque (Lord of Everywhere). Interestingly, this Aztoltec god was never represented by an idol or depicted in drawings. The god was never popular with the common folk but did have some following amongst learned philosophers. The surviving Jewish families also continued in their worship.

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