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Chapter One: Converging Cultures
Section One: The Migration to America
A. The Asian Migration
a. Scientists believe that t...
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Ch 1 sec 1 Student Notes

  1. 1. Chapter One: Converging Cultures Section One: The Migration to America A. The Asian Migration a. Scientists believe that the first people came to the Americas around _______________- years ago. b. Most came from Asia across a “__________bridge” (Berengia). c. These people were mostly _____________ meaning they moved around from place to place. d. These were _______________________ societies. e. They hunted wild game and gathered ___________, etc. for food B. Civilizations in Meso-America. a. Meso-America = present day Mexico and ____________ America. b. Agricultural Revolution – people learned to farm and began to develop more ____________ societies with complex government and social systems. i. The Olmec and the Maya 1. The Olmec may have been the first people to create a _______________________ in the Americas. 2. Located in present-day _______________. 3. The Olmec built large villages, pyramids, and large _____________. 4. After the Olmec, the ____________ civilization developed. 5. Also in _________________. 6. The Mayans had a very sophisticated _________________. 7. They developed an accurate ____________, a system of writing, mathematics, engineering and were interested in astronomy. 8. The Mayans often _______________ with each other and eventually disappeared ii. The Aztec 1. The Aztec created a huge empire with great ____________ power and strength. 2. They often went to war taking over other villages and ___________ 3. The Aztec would be present in Mexico when the Spanish arrived in the 1500s. C. Mississippian Culture a. Farming - Anthropologists believe that the agricultural _________________ of Mesoamerica spread into the American Southwest and up the Mississippi River Valley area. b. The rich soil of the flood plains was good for growing ___________ and beans. c. Many of these people were ________________ builders. d. This culture spread to the Southern United States, into present day ________________.

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