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Meso/South America

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TermDefinition
VITAL extremely important
ADAPT change to survive in the surrounding environment
GLACIER huge sheet of ice
MESOAMERICA Meso comes from the Greek word for “middle”. The region includes lands stretching from Valley of Mexico to Costa RIca in Central America
SOUTH AMERICA One of the 7 continents. Located SOuth of North America
OLMEC -Started the FIRST complex civilizations around 1500 BCE. In 1200 BCE Built a far reaching trading empire. Near present day Vera Cruz, Mexico. Lasted about 800 years.
MAYA Built a civilization in the rainforests of the Yucatan Peninsula and used their central location, southern Mexico and Central America , to trade with canoes.
INCA Civilization built in the Andes Mountain ranges of present day Peru. Built thee biggest Empire in the ancient Americas. It centered around the capital Cuzco, founded in 1100 AC
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 ‘Place of Prickly Pear Cactus” Tenochtitlan was a city-state located on an island in Lake Texcoco in the Valley of Mexico.1325, it became the seat of the growing Aztec Empire in the 15th century, until it was captured by the Spanish in 1521. Today the ru
HONDURAS was home to several important Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya
YUCATAN PENINSULA Located in MesoAmerica. Body of land surrounded by water on three sides.
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