1200 AD to 1492 AD
This period saw the Aztec civilization rise meteorically. They built their great city Tenochtitlán. It had paved roads, canals, parks, temples and plazas and a great market. They wrote poetry and many documents in picture writing; they found royal wives from surrounding clans and began a dynasty. They invented new farming methods and a cuisine that included a great variety of foods. Chocolate, beaten to froth with a wooden whisk, remained a privileged delicacy-until-The New World was "found" by Christopher Columbus.
A modern wooden beater to make chocolate drinks froth.
Photograph © Barbara Kerr
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