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A canoe between the chinampas Many 'ordinary' people lived on Chinampas.  These were  islands, made by piling up plants and black sticky   mud from the lake.

The edges of the chinampa were held in place by wooden posts. Trees were planted to help
hold the soil together.

People moved about between their chinampas and the causeway to the city in canoes which they hollowed out from trees.

Eventually most of the lake surrounding Tenochtitlan was filled with chinampas.

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