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Chontal, from the Nahuatl word chontalli, which means "foreigner", has been applied to various ethnic groups in the Mesoamerican world.
Pre-Conquest Maya region
Chontal or Putún Maya: Warrior merchants who dominated trade in the Terminal Classic.
- Chontal Maya people (endonym Yokot'anob or the Yokot'an; xenonym: Chontal of Centla, the Tabasco Chontal, or in Spanish, Chontales.)
- Chontal Maya language (Yoko ochoco)
- There was a group referred to by Nahua-speaking peoples as the Chontal, hence the name of Chontales Department
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