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The Early Americas

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The information in this PowerPoint was obtained from the book "Journey Across Time," Glencoe, 2005.

The information in this PowerPoint was obtained from the book "Journey Across Time," Glencoe, 2005.

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  • 1. Chapter 16
    The Early Americas
  • 2. Hunters and gatherers
    Came from Asia across Beringia during the Ice Age
    The First Americans
  • 3. Mesoamerica
    Mexico to Costa Rica
    Ideal place for farming
    First American Civilizations
  • 4. Settled in present-day Mexico
    Built on trade
    Known for large stone heads
    Then Mayans came to power
    Olmecs
  • 5. Came after the Mayans
    Created a monopoly on trade
    Toltecs
  • 6. Took over Mesoamerica
    Built Tenochtitlan
    Death was honorable
    Could become a noble by performing acts of bravery
    Mothers considered heroes
    Aztecs
  • 7. Ruled by Montezuma II
    Conquered by the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes
    Attacked by swords and diseases (measles and smallpox)
    Decline of the Aztecs