Early Mesoamerican Americans

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Settlers in early China, Nubia, Mesoamerica, and Central America had to be patient when it came to building a withstanding civilization due to the challenges to their ever- changing environments. Overwhelming hot and cold temperatures, rugged soil, and natural barriers withheld the people from developing a sustainable agricultural system, and therefore caused them to seek other survival methods. China for instance, is surrounded by the Himalaya mountains on the southwest, the Tian mountains and the Takla Makan Desert on the west, and the Gobi Desert and grassy plains on the Mongolian steppe on the northwest. There is also the Pacific Ocean on the east. As a result of these natural obstacles, China relied on the trade between China, India, and Central Asia for jade, ivory and pearl which was very useful. On the other hand, there were the yellow and Yangzi Rivers to the east. This allowed for great agricultural success. In the north was dry, cold climates which called for technological, political, philosophical, and religious advances, was later abandoned for the warm, lush southern land. Over the years, yellowish- brown deposits made the soil manageable and so large…show more content…
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