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2500 B . C . –1500 C . E . t Societies of the Americas in a Global Context Making Tortillas A mother teaches her daughter to roll tortillas on a metate. The dough at the right of the metate was masa made with maize and lime. The preparation process, known as nixtamalization, enriched the maize paste by adding calcium, potassium, and iron. (Page from the Codex Mendoza, Mexico, c. – [pen and ink on paper], Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK/The Bridgeman Art Library) The origins of maize in Mesoamerica are unclear, though it became a centerpiece of the Mesoamerican diet and spread across North and South America.
T Mesoamerica The term used to designate the area of present-day Mexico and Central America. t khipu An intricate system of knotted and colored strings used by early Andean cultures to store information such as census and tax records. CHAPTER 11 t The Americas 2500 B . C . –1500 C . E . Inca Khipu Khipus like these (above) were used by communities and by Inca imperial oﬃcials to store and communicate data. The dyes, weaves, and knots made by their users recorded data much like contemporary binary computer storage, allowing users (right) to read information about populations, production, and tribute.
Inca was the name of a ruling family that settled in the basin of Cuzco and formed the largest and last Andean empire. The empire, whose people we will call the Incas, was called Tawantinsuyu (TAH-want-eensoo-you), meaning “from the four parts, one,” expressing the idea of a unified people stretching in all directions. The Inca Model of Empire In the Late Intermediate Period (1200–1470), the Pan-Andean influences of Wari and Tiwanaku waned. City-states around Lake Titicaca competed and fought with each other.