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Meso/South American

Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Vital Important or necessary
Adapt Make something suitable for a new use
Glacier Huge sheets of ice
Mesoamerica Region and cultural area in the americas
South American A continent located in the Western Hemisphere
Olmec Trading empire and one of the first empires.
Maya Built in the rainforest of the Yucatan Peninsula
Inca Inca is in the Andes Mountains of present day Peru
Aztec Warlike nomads arrived in the Valley of Mexico in 1250 ACE and built their own kingdom. The king was the top of the Aztec empire. Kings claimed to be descendants of the gods.
Caribou Large Deer
Teotihuacan One of the first planned cities built by the maybe the the Toltec. No one is quite sure. it is know as “Place of the Gods”
Tenochtitlan Aztec city means ‘Place of Prickly Pear Cactus” Tenochtitlan was a city-state located on an island in Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico. Founded in 1325.Today the ruins of Tenochtitlan are located in the central part of Mexico City.
Honduras was home to several important Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya
Yucatan Peninsula A body of land that is surrounded by water by 3 sides.
Monopoly Control of almost all trade or production
Continent One of 7 large land masses on earth
Trade Route A route usually taken by merchants
Trading Empire Main source of wealth is through trade
Economy- ESPN Jobs that support a civilization
Social- ESPN Culture, games, food, religion
Political- ESPN Government, army, King, Queen
Environment- ESPN The world around you. Example, rainforest, Mountains, Flatlands, Desert, Lake, Ocean
Pachacuti Son of the eighth Inca King. He became King and expanded the Incan Empire. He built Machu Picchu. Center for celebrations and ceremonial gatherings
Empire A group of territories or nations under a singer ruler or government
Goverment Democracy, Dictatorship, Monarchy, Theocracy , Totalitarian, Republics and Anarchy. How a civilization is run. We are a Democracy in the United States.
Peten Mayan word for ‘flat region’ located in present day Guatemala
Astronomer Studies the the stars and heavens
Archaeologist an anthropologist who studies prehistoric people and their culture
Aqueduct a conduit or artificial channel for conducting water from a distance, usually by means of gravity. a bridgelike structure that carries a water
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