The Early Americas

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The Early Americas

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

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