The Fall of Teotihuacan and Its Aftermath

Ross Hassig

in War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1992 | ISBN: 9780520077348
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912281 | DOI:
The Fall of Teotihuacan and Its Aftermath

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Significant changes took place in Teotihuacan's military, affecting armaments, organization, and tactics. Teotihuacan's trade and colonial network show a progressive withdrawal on all fronts that generally reversed the sequence of its initial expansion. The city was not in an obvious state of decline when it was destroyed. The sketchy data available suggest that Teotihuacan fell of its own weight. It had dominated vast stretches of Mesoamerica but was incapable of militarily incorporating every independent city into a Teotihuacan empire. Teotihuacan's withdrawal and demise signaled a major shakeup of relations throughout Mesoamerica and affected all the societies with which it had contact. The power and position of rulers of independent polities, such as Monte Alban and Tikal, had grown stronger because of their access to Teotihuacan and Teotihuacan-traded goods. Once Teotihuacan withdrew, the wealth and prestige of local elites fell and their capitals declined.

Keywords: Teotihuacan; trade; colonial; Mesoamerica; military; Monte Alban; Tikal

Chapter.  4758 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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