January 17 - Thursday The Maya In 1492 about 2 million people Empire in decline Militarized but less centralized than Aztecs o City states Great

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Thursday, January 17, 2008 The Maya In 1492 about 2 million people Empire in decline Militarized but less centralized than Aztecs o City states Great astronomers and mathematical achievements o E.g. this year is 5122 in Mayan calendar Empire collapsed in about 1000 AD o Different theories for collapse o Culture persisted; de centralized The Inca’s In 1492 about 10-14 million people with some estimates up to 20 million Like Aztecs o Theocracy- god/king type figure o At peak around time of contact o Tributary empire Imposed taxes and forced labor for public works ie. Highways, irrigation. Unlike Aztecs o Integrative: imposing culture, language and religion Extraordinary social organization State- massive buildings, irrigation and terracing Cultural change- linguistic diversity less than in Mesoamerica Language- quechau Present day Brazil In 1492- from 1-11 million(probably 2.5-5) Mostly migratory, low pop. density Some agricultural surpluses but not the scale of the Andes of Mesoamerica Limited and preliterate Indigenous People of the Caribbean 2 groups o
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2009 for the course GEOGRAPHY 188 taught by Professor None during the Spring '08 term at UWO.

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January 17 - Thursday The Maya In 1492 about 2 million people Empire in decline Militarized but less centralized than Aztecs o City states Great

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