The Mesoamerican economic system was extremely complex but efficient. Regional and local markets drew thousands of people daily. Here farmer, laborers and artisans produced food and crafts for millions of Aztec living in the Valley. Market places were also a place to socialize. On this day people would keep up with the gossip and social life of the community. This lecture will also examine the role of the pochteca/long-distance merchants who were key for a flourishing commercial system. Traveling long distance routes they traded utilitarian items produced in the Valley and in exchange for luxury objects not found in the Aztec Empire. However, what was sold was taxed (tribute). Therefore, this presentation will examine these three components which added to the Empire’s thriving economy and lifestyle.