It will certainly be interesting trying to figure out how they interact with the coastal polities, although their homeland is somewhat far away from the areas Mesoamericans sometimes visit.Sounds like 1500 is the point where serious trade links are just beginning to form between Japan and America. The start of something big I'm sure.
I wonder if an *Inca empire will arise. Interesting how the Andes were historically unified in such short time.
Hopefully. Unfortunately, the Maya still have their inherent issue of being on the Atlantic coast (except the trading posts in southern Central America) and thus getting less time to figure out how to deal with things. The Purepecha might stand a better chance however, but I honestly haven't worked out much of what I want to do with them other than portray them as the powerful state they were OTL. They have a bit of a disadvantage as an inland state but even OTL the Purepecha attempted to fix that to varying degrees of success.Mesoamerica is definitely getting turbo-charged in TTL, with luck much more of it might actually survive the colonial era.
Thanks. But there aren't too many elements of the Fusanian agricultural package transferred. It's hard to transfer an agricultural package in that short of time across that vast of distance with the change in local climate and latitude, so only a few basic elements arrived in Mesoamerica like towey goats, ricegrass, and tehi (which I left out should be mostly in the north of Mesoamerica since sisal, henequen, etc. are native to the other areas--tehi would simply be an exotic fabric and I guess something with edible seeds and perhaps medicine if necessary). And unfortunately, neither towey goats nor llamas do well in the tropical climate of coastal Ecuador, but I'd assume the Manteños would find it cheaper and easier to import llamas from nearby highlands (as they did to a small degree OTL).I almost missed the update! Fascinating stuff. I especially like how you take care to illustrate how technology and culture is transferred along the blossomin trade routes! I'm also looking forword to how the prolonged contact between Mesoamerica and the Andean cultures will transform them both.
On this note: Do you think that anything of the agricultural package transferred all the way from Fusania will have an impact on the Andean peoples? (And vice versa?)
Ricegrass seems like a winner on the Pacific coast of South America (if it ever makes it there) since Mesoamericans know it as drought-tolerant animal feed that thrives on poor soils. Probably muscovy ducks (although those are Mesoamerican) and maybe chuckwallas. Obviously the reverse would be even more beneficial given quinoa and potatoes are incredibly useful crops, but they need to pass through that filter of Western Mesoamerica in which they wouldn't make too much different and be rather confusing to any local told to plant and prepare it (as root crops are fairly rare and quinoa needs extra preparation to remove the inedible saponins). I think I've mentioned it before, but yes, the people of North Fusania would find potatoes incredibly interesting from a cultural standpoint should they ever learn of them as they are like wapato/omodaka but grow in dry earth instead of water.