mayan (political)By 200 CE, those centers featured temples, pyramids, palaces, and more—the beginning of the famed cities of the Classic Period.
Dec 9, 900
mayan (cultural)For many years, scholars believed that the Maya produced their cultural achievements in isolation. More recent archaeological discoveries, however, have confirmed that the Maya shared a variety of basic characteristics with other civilizations in the area.
Dec 9, 1000
mayan (economic)One of the challenges of the Maya territory was growing enough food to feed everyone. In many areas, slash-and-burn agriculture was the only possible method, with farmers burning the forest, planting a crop—usually for only two years—and then letting the ground lie fallow for a number of years until the fertility of the land was restored.
Dec 8, 1400
ican (economy)-land they did have adequet water they did have was to steep for growing crops or so high and cold that few crops would grow.
-Agricultural expansion was a key part of the Inca's imperial strategy. The Incan homeland lay in a valley high in the Andes Mountains where drought and floods were common.
Dec 8, 1428
aztec (political)-over the years the aztecs gradually increased in strength and number.
-the aztec state based its power on military conquest and the tribute it gained from conquered people.
Dec 8, 1500
aztec (economic)-much of the agriculture produce sold at the market was grown on the chinampas farm plots built on the marshy fringes of the lake.
-they provided food needed for a huge urban population
Dec 8, 1500
aztec (social/cultural)-religion was very important
-the aztecs adopted many of their gods and religious beliefs from other mesoamerica peoples particularly the toltecs.
-axtec religious practice centered on elaborate public ceremonies, priests made offerings to the gods and presented ritual dramas and dances featuring masked performers
Dec 9, 1530
incan (Cultural)The origin myths of the Inca say their ancestors were four sons and daughters of the sun god Inti. Inti sent them forth with a golden staff that identified their promised land, Cuzco.
Dec 9, 1531
incan (political)Although they gained only small amounts of new territory in the Cuzco area, they became progressively warlike and carried out many raids against nearby groups.