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9 09, 2017

Who were the Maya? Central American history

By |2018-04-12T08:53:13-07:00September 9th, 2017|Central America, History|0 Comments

Maya royal palace at Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico (600s-700s AD) When the Olmec rulers began to lose control of their country about 600 BC, new leaders came forward and took over ruling in Central America (modern Guatemala). These were the Maya. Archaeologists divide Maya history into four time periods, the Pre-Classic, the Classic, and the Post-Classic. The [...]

8 09, 2017

Who were the Aztec? Central American history

By |2019-03-04T12:08:30-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, Where|2 Comments

Aztec brazier (about 1300 AD) Mexica people move to Mexico Beginning in the 1100s AD, the Medieval Warm Period seems to have made it too hard to live where the Mexica were in North America. So the Mexica people moved south to what is now Mexico. The Mexica were relatives of the Shoshone and Ute people who lived in the Rocky [...]

8 09, 2017

South American and Central American architecture

By |2018-04-12T08:53:21-07:00September 8th, 2017|Architecture, Central America, South America|0 Comments

Olmec Pyramid, La Venta, Mexico (500 BC) The earliest big buildings from South America are in Ecuador and Peru, along the Pacific coast. The Norte Chico people and the Valdivia people built stone temples there as early as 3500 BC. Later on, people also built stone buildings in Central America (modern Mexico). Olmec people built them about 1150 [...]

8 09, 2017

Mexican history and colonization

By |2019-08-08T20:55:15-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, History|2 Comments

Mexican history: Tenochtitlan under attack (painted in the 1600s) The Aztecs in Mexico In 1500 AD, the Aztec  controlled most of what is now Mexico. People also called them the Mexica. More about the Aztec Central American history All our Central America articles A rebellion helped by invaders In 1519, the Aztec ruler, Moctezuma the Younger, [...]