The Mayans Essay

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History is rich with stories of great human achievements. Back then, every other culture were still discovering new things, ideas, & places unlike the Mayans, who were really advanced for people of their times. Their knowledge was remarkable and now their work is known all over the world. The Mayan region was located in modern-day Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. They’ve lived there for 3,000 years. The Mayans were very intelligent and they used many of their resources. One of their most common things was to grow crops through which began the “Slash and Burn Agriculture.” This was a process of cutting down vegetation in a plot of land by setting it on fire and using the ashes to provide nutrients to the soil for planting crops. They’ve used this method several times as they travelled through other regions. They knew what they had to do to survive and they already discovered many ways to help them live a better life for their people. The Mayans were known well for trading goods and resources around their region which was known as the Mayan Trade Network. They traded many items such as: animal skins, cacao, cotton, honey and e.t.c. One of the most reliable resources was salt. Salt gets collected from the coasts but it was mostly collected from the Yucatan Peninsula. The Mayans also as well grew corn and maize but they decided not to trade those items but instead to use it for their own society. Some cities as Copan and El Mirador traded items such as cacao, animal skin, and cotton. Many trades were made throughout the region as well as many trading routes. The map would’ve helped many people’s life back then because they would know who had which resource and make trades and it would give anyone the best and quickest directions to any cities they’d like to trade with. I think all these achievements of the Mayans required a big scale and much physical

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