M5-C2-S8-MayanCulture - Origins of Chocolate in Mayan...

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Origins of Chocolate in Mayan Culture Report from The Chocolate Museum , Posted February 24, 2012 Introduction Key Points Cacao was an important crop and cultural influence in the Mayan culture The Mayan culture began cultivating cocoa over 2,500 years ago Chocolate became a major force in Mayan society In the heyday of Mayan society cacao beans were an important commodity Cacao was an important crop and cultural influence in the Mayan culture, a Central American society with a rich heritage of early written language, art, architecture, and astronomical systems. This culture is thought to have peaked between 250 AD and 900 AD. Its demise was largely brought about by the arrival of Spanish explorers in the seventeenth century. Cacao’s popularity followed this timeline: 1. Traces of chocolate found in Mayan pots dating from 600 BC. 2. Cacao and hot water brewed by Mayans and Aztecs in Pre-Columbian era. 3.
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course OA 110 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at Community College of Philadelphia.

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M5-C2-S8-MayanCulture - Origins of Chocolate in Mayan...

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