Mesoamerica streaches from a part of Central America to southern Mexico. The landscape is divided into two geogrographic features, the highlands and lowlands. The high land is located between the mountains of the Sierra Madre, moutains in Mexico, and consist of some flat land. It was good for farming but had chalenges such as earthquakes or a valcanic eruption. The lowlands, witch were located along the Gulf of Mexico, was less active.
The Olmec culture began around 1200 B.C. This development led to Mesoamerica's first civilization. They ended up moving to the floodplsins of reivers. The city conest of pyramids and temples. They also made courts for basketball and socerball.
The Zapotecs built one of the first big cities. They lived on farms villages located throught the Oaxaca valley. The powwer shifted when the Zepotec buit another city that we know as Monte Ablan around 500 B.C.