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Mesoamerica Vocab

TermDefinition
VITAL absolutely necessary or important; essential
ADAPT make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify.
GLACIER a slowly moving mass or river of ice formed by the accumulation and compaction of snow on mountains or near the poles
MESOAMERICA is a region and cultural area in the Americas
SOUTHAMERICA One of the seven continents,location in the south-western hemispere
OLMEC a member of a prehistoric people inhabiting the coast of Veracruz and western Tabasco on the Gulf of Mexico ( circa 1200–400
MAYA the supernatural power wielded by gods and demons to produce illusions.
INCA a South American hummingbird having mainly blackish or bronze-colored plumage with one or two white breast patches.
AZTEC a member of the American Indian people dominant in Mexico before the Spanish conquest of the 16th century.
CARIBOU a large North American reindeer.
TEOTIHUACAN was one of the most remarkable cities of the ancient world.
TENOCHTITLAN Mexico City name used when it was capital of the Aztec Empire.
HONDURAS a republic in NE Central America. 43,277 sq. mi. (112,087 sq. km).
YUCATAN PENINSULA in southeastern Mexico, separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico, with the northern coastline on the Yucatán Channel.
MONOPOLY the exclusive possession or control of the supply or trade in a commodity or service.
CONTINENT any of the world's main continuous expanses of land (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America).
TRADE ROUTE s a logistical network identified as a series of pathways and stoppages used for the commercial transport of cargo.
TRADING EMPIRE a store established in an unsettled or thinly settled region by a trader or trading company to obtain furs and local products in exchange for supplies, clothing, other goods, or for cash.
ECONOMY (ESPN) the wealth and resources of a country or region, especially in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services.
SOCIAL of or relating to society or its organization.
POLITICAL of or relating to the government or the public affairs of a country.
ENVIRONMENT the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.
PACHACUTI nca Yupanqui or Pachacutec (in hispanicized spellings) or Pachakutiq Inka Yupanki (Quechua) was the ninth Sapa Inca (1438–1471/1472) of the Kingdom of Cusco which he transformed into the Inca Empire
EMPIRE an extensive group of states or countries under a single supreme authority, formerly especially an emperor or empress.
GOVERNMENT the governing body of a nation, state, or community.
PETEN See Petard.
ASTRONOMER an expert in or student of astronomy.
ARCHEOLOGIST the scientific study of material remains (as fossil relics, artifacts, and monuments) of past human life and activities.
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