Mesoamericas farmers developed different practices in the regions landscapes . They would not plant crops in jungles and wooded areas because they are to thick . Early Mesoamerican farmers learned what crops would grow well in the different climates of the highlands areas.
The Zapotec and Monte Alb`an
The Olmec culture began along Mexico's Gulf Coast around 1200 B.C. The Olmec worshipped many gods but one that was really important was Jaguar god. The rich soil helped farmers to grow great crops. The Olmec built courts, pyramids and temples
Most of the Olmec where farmers. They were on the bottom of the civilizations class strucure Ruleres were at the top. Around 400 B.C the Olmec civilization disappeared and Archaeologists are not really sure why though. The trade routes carried Olmec culture throughout Mesoamerica.
The Zapotec people would build one of the first major cities in Mesoamerica. The Zapotec developed their society in the Oaxaca. The Zapotec for a long time lived in farming villages throughout the Oaxaca. Zapotec built a city Monte Alb`an and the canter of power shifted . Around A.D 750 Monte Alb`an power began to weaken
The Maya emerged around the same time as the Zapotec. The Maya learned how to track seasonal changes. The farmers where the ones who looked to their gods to control the weather and increase their harvests. The Maya would make freguent offering of food ,animals, plants, and objects to please their gods. Maya often sacrificed a member of the lowest class in their society.
The Maya built temples on the top of some of the pyramids. The ball court was at the foot of the least one of these pyramids. Maya culture and art were linked to religion. Artist made sculptures that honored and brought life to the Maya gods. The game the Maya people played on a court .The game would sometimes last for days.
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