Chapter 12 - Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas

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Name: John Kindley|
Class: GH AP Y (Even)|
Date: November 3rd, 2012|
Chapter 12, Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas, 200 - 1500| Pages 306 - 331|
| Classic-Era Culture and Society in Mesoamerica, 200 - 900:| | * Remarkable civilization created|
| * Different language + politics, but unified by material culture, religious beliefs + practices, and social structure| Classic Period| * Classic period (built upon Olmec and other civilizations)| | * Social classes with distinct roles|

| * Hereditary politics + religious elites controlled towns + villages| | Teotihuacan:|
| * Powerful city-state in central Mexico (100 B.C.E. – 750 C.E.)| Religion| * Religion = worshipped many gods + lesser spirits, Sun + Moon| | * Human sacrifice = viewed as sacred duty to the gods and essential| | to the well-being of society|

Farming| * Chinampas = raised fields along lakeshores to increase agriculture| Politics| * No evidence for single ruler; alliances between elite families| | The Maya:|
Location| * Maya = civilization concentrated in the Yucatan Peninsula, | | Guatemala, and Honduras, but never unified|
| * Contributed mainly in math, astronomy, and the calendar| | * High pyramids + palaces = meant to awe the masses that came| Decoration| * Maya = loved decoration|
| * Infused warfare with religious meaning|
| * Society = patrilineal|
Contributions| * Devised elaborate calendar system, concept of 0, and writing| End of Classic Era| * Maya cities declined due to struggle for resources, which lead to| | class conflict and warfare|

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* Connection with the Mesoamerican societies due to learning about the Aztecs in grade 8| * Have visited Mayan cities in Mexico, and have seen temples in real life| * Question: didn’t the Arabs develop the concept of 0?| |

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| The Postclassic Period in Mesoamerica, 900 – 1500:|
| * No single explanation for fall of Teotihuacan and Mayan centers| | The Toltecs:|
| * Powerful postclassic empire in central Mexico (900 – 1175 C.E.)| Origins| * Origins = unknown (either satellite or migrant populations)| | * Used military conquest to create powerful empire|

Reason for decline| * Fell by internal power struggles and military threat from the north| | The Aztecs:|
| * Altepetl = ethnic state in ancient Mesoamerica that was the | | common political building block of that region|
Society + Politics| * Calpolli = group of up to hundred families that served as a building| | block of an altepetl (controlled land allocation + taxes + local religious life)| | * Tenochtitlan = capital of Aztec Empire; in an island in lake Texcoco| | Mexico City created on ruins of Tenochtitlan|

| * Aztecs = AKA Mexica, created empire (1325 – 1521 C.E.)| | * Aztecs forced defeated peoples to provide goods + labor as tax| Aztec Women| * Women = held lots of power; held in high esteem; held positions| | like teachers and priestesses; seen as founders of lineages, including| | the royal line|

| * Merchants become rich, but cannot become high nobility| Economic systems| * Tribute system = system in which defeated peoples were forced to| | pay tax in forms of goods and labor; help development of large cities | | * Did not use money; used barter instead|

| * Aztec religion = demanded increasing numbers of human sacrifice| * Connection to Aztecs as I learned about them in grade 8| * Noted the familiarities between the Mesoamerican societies, which also had distinct| differences as well|

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| Northern Peoples:|
| * Classic period ends around 900 C.E.|
| * Transfer of irrigation and corn agriculture -> stimulated development in Hohokam and Anasazi society| | Southwestern Desert...
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