By Benjamin Keen, Keith Haynes

ISBN-10: 0618783202

ISBN-13: 9780618783205

This best-selling textual content for introductory Latin American heritage classes, A heritage of Latin the United States, encompasses political and diplomatic concept, type constitution and monetary association, tradition and faith, and the surroundings. The integrating framework is the dependency idea, the preferred interpretation of Latin American historical past, which stresses the industrial courting of Latin American countries to wealthier international locations, fairly the United States.Spanning pre-historic instances to the current, A historical past of Latin the US makes use of either a chronological and a nation-by-nation process, and contains the newest old research and the main updated examine. this can be the main streamlined and cohesive version but, with sizeable additions to pedagogy and bankruptcy content material. improved insurance of social and cultural historical past contains girls, indigenous cultures, and Afro-Latino peoples.

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Inhabiting a region that consisted of portions of modernday southeastern Mexico, almost all of Guatemala, the western part of Honduras, all of Belize, and the western half of El Salvador, the Maya civilization attained its highest development in the tropical forest lowland area whose core is the Petén region of Guatemala, at the base of the Yucatán Peninsula. 2 The region was rich in wild game and building materials (limestone and fine hardwoods). In almost every other respect, it offered immense obstacles to the establishment of a high culture.

This incipient agriculture, however, did not cause revolutionary changes in these societies. For thousands of years, people continued to live in much the same primitive fashion as before. Social groups were small and probably seminomadic. Weaving was unknown, but simple pottery appeared in some areas toward the end of the period. Between 2500 and 1500 BCE, a major cultural advance in various regions of Nuclear America opened the Formative, or Preclassic, period. Centuries of haphazard experimentation with plants led to the selection of improved, high-yield varieties.

These elites expressed their pride and power by constructing ever more elaborate ceremonial centers, which added to the burdens of commoners. Growing population size and density strained food resources and forced the adoption of more intensive agricultural methods. These, in turn, increased competition for land, which was reflected in the growth of warfare and militarism. Improved agricultural production relieved population pressures for a time and made possible the late Classic flowering (600 to 800 CE), marked by a revival of ceremonial center construction, architecture, and the arts.

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