|Pre-Columbian Indigenous Societies: from the Olmec to the Mississippians||Posted: Friday, October 16, 2009||Discuss|
Around 3,000 years ago the indigenous societies in the Americas began planting crops that allowed them to become agricultural instead of nomadic. Maize, or corn was probably the first crop developed followed by gourds, pumpkins, peppers, beans, and potatoes. (Danzer, 5) There were several thriving civilizations south of what would become the United States. There was the Olmec who lived in the Gulf of Mexico from 1200-400 BC, the Mayan who lived in Guatemala and Yucatan peninsula from 250-900 AD, the Aztec who dominated the Valley of Mexico from 1200-1500, and the Inca who lived in South America from 1200-1500.
Your turn: Which accomplishments of these ancient civilizations do you think is the most significant?