11 Facts About Mesoamerica


Mesoamerica is a historical region and cultural area in southern North America and most of Central America.

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Mesoamerica was the site of two of the most profound historical transformations in world history: primary urban generation, and the formation of New World cultures out of the long encounters among indigenous, European, African and Asian cultures.

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Mesoamerica is one of the five areas in the world where ancient civilization arose independently, and the second in the Americas.

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Mesoamerica is one of only six regions of the world where writing is known to have independently developed .

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The exact geographic extent of Mesoamerica has varied through time, as the civilization extended North and South from its heartland in southern Mexico.

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Several distinct sub-regions within Mesoamerica are defined by a convergence of geographic and cultural attributes.

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The tallest mountain in Mesoamerica is Pico de Orizaba, a dormant volcano located on the border of Puebla and Veracruz.

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The latter site, Kaminaljuyu, is one of the longest occupied sites in Mesoamerica and was continuously inhabited from c 800 BCE to around 1200 CE.

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Mesoamerica lacked animals suitable for domestication, most notably domesticated large ungulates.

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Stelae were common public monuments throughout Mesoamerica, and served to commemorate notable successes, events and dates associated with the rulers and nobility of the various sites.

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Mesoamerica would deserve its place in the human pantheon if its inhabitants had only created maize, in terms of harvest weight the world's most important crop.

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