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Mesoamerican stories, as they're nonetheless practiced this present day, are framed by way of the Spanish colonial intrusion into Mexico from the east, and next involvement with the Aztec Empire. Greater Mesoamerica expands the definition of "Mesoamerica" past the extra generally accredited valuable Mexican parts to either western and northwestern Mexico the place refined cultures have been flourishing open air the world of Spanish impression. it's the first complete assessment of either areas because the Handbook of heart American Indians used to be released within the early 1970s.

Based on contemporary archaeological surveys and excavations, the chapters during this quantity supply present, accomplished, area-by-area summaries of the region's Precolumbian previous, noting the invention of recent cultural configurations, new connections, and new complexities.

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