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Corn- A Gift from the Ancient People of the Americas. Today there are many kinds of foods and grains to eat. But long, long ago, before there were cities and farms, people stayed alive by following and hunting animals.

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But long, long ago, before there were cities and farms, people stayed alive by following and hunting animals.

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Then some people found a plant called teosite. They planted it to eat and became farmers. They called it the "grain of the gods”. Over 1000’s of years it changed. It is now corn.

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A teosinte ear was only 2 to 3 inches long with five to 12 kernels. Each kernel had a very hard covering.

corn was so important that the aztecs believed there was a god of corn
Corn was so important that the Aztecs believed there was a god of corn.

Centeotl was

The Corn God

of the

Aztecs.

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Hun-Hunahpu,

was called the

First Father

and Maize God

of the Mayan.

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Aztec

farmers

planted corn. They called it maize.

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Maize was the staple crop of the Aztecs. Aztec women ground the dried maize into flour on a stone slab with a stone roller.
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It was then made into flour and patted into a kind of pancake called a tortilla. Tortillas are still made this way today.
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Aztec women cooked on a clay disc called a comal, which stood on stones above a fire. People still cook this way today.
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The Aztecs ate 'envelopes' of steamed maize called tamales. Corn husks were stuffed with vegetables, meat or eggs. They are still eaten today.