The Mayans had many achievements and were very successful. They were around from 6th century C.E. to 800 C.E. The Mayan civilization was located in southeastern Mexico, all the way to, what is now, Guatemala, Belize, and some parts of Honduras and El Salvador.
The Mayans used a technology called aqueducts. This kept the water underground, making land bigger and easier to use for things such as houses and crops.
The Mayan Downfall
The Mayans developed a new science called astronomy. Astronomy allowed them to look and the movements on things in space, like the sun, the moon, and the stars, as well as planets, including Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, and Mars.
Another one of the Mayans great achievements was there remarkably strait roads. These roads made it easier to travel and were built sturdy enough to stay despite all of the things that nature was doing.
If the Mayans were as successful as they sound, what happened to them? There are 4 different theories for the Mayans downfall, these are warfare, disease, famine, and disaster or environmental change. Environmental change being the least likely because, if the environment were to change, they could either move, or adapt to the change.
The most likely theory, out of the 4, was disease. There were 2 different diseases that could have occurred; Peregrinus maidis, and the yellow fever. Out of those 2, Peregrinus maidis has more facts that make sense, that being they had insects on there crops.