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Chapter 9

The Americas: A Separate World

TermDefinition
Beringia Ancient land bridge over which the earliest Americans are believed to have migrated from Asia into the Americas
Ice Age Cold period in which huge ice sheets spread outward from the polar regions, the last one of which lasted from 1,900,000 to 10,000 BC
Maize Cultivated cereal grain that bears its kernels on large ears-usually called corn in the United States
Mesoamerica An area extending from central Mexico to Honduras, where several of the ancient complex societies of the Americas developed
Olmec Earliest-known Mesoamerican civilization, which flourished around 1200 BC and influenced later societies throughout the region
Nazca A civilization that flourished on what is now now the southern coast of Peru from 2000 BC to 600 AD
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