Loving Essay

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MAYAFARMING: Previous knowledge passed on from ancestors helped the Maya to produce multiple crops, building terraces and draining marshlands to create more farmland. TRADE: Yes to trade. Could trade food due to plentiful supply. BUILDING: built pyramids like the Aztecs dis but also built houses and markets. RELIGION & SCIENCE: The Maya had many important priests, who, alongside regular citizens, helped worship the gods of whom were believed to control many forces of nature. Priests also created calendars, a number system, and hieroglyphs, among others. CONQUEST: The Maya, unlike the other empires, did not appear to have an army that captured people. LOCATION: The Maya empire was located in what was a thick jungle on the Yucatan Peninsula. DECLINE: As for the Maya, scientists believe people left due to climates changing or less fertile farmland.INCAFARMING: The Inca also terraced hillsides in order to grow much of the same crops the Maya did. In addition, they constructed irrigation canals and herded llamas and alpaca for wool and meat. Unlike the other empires, though, the Incan government owned all food produced and kept some for emergency situations. TRADE: No to trade. The Inca, however, were the most different, having an actually organized and peaceful empire. BUILDING: The Inca also were skilled, having many citizens build a 10,000 mile road system to combine their empire. RELIGION & SCIENCE: The Inca, similarly to the Maya, developed their own language and religion of which everyone learned. CONQUEST: The Inca also conquered many surrounding people. However, they did so in a friendly matter; persuading the leaders of said conquered people to surrender. Rulers were generally allowed to stay, but everyone had to become familiar with and learn the Incan language and religion. LOCATION: the Incan empire could be found along the Andes Mountains. DECLINE: Both the Aztec and Incan empires were put to an end by foreign travelers, but the Inca simply were unlucky as they were weak due to their ruler's death.AZTECFARMING: However, the Aztec, with not as much farmland as the Incan and Mayan empires, and also originally being hunter-gatherers or nomads, cleverly created "floating gardens" made of mats topped with soil on the ample swampland, tending the crops by means of boats. TRADE: Yes to trade. Could not trade food. BUILDING: built pyramids like the mayan but they also built causeways and aqueducts to connect their river/swamp infested area. RELIGION & SCIENCE: The Aztecs were mostly focused on religion, in any case much more so than Maya and Inca. With around 1,000 gods, the most sacred was the god of sun and war. Aztec priests kept books filled with history of Aztec religion and civilization whilst also teaching children Aztec customs. CONQUEST: The Aztec were major conquerors, capturing many people and making them become part of the Aztec community. Tribute, or items/service work that could be paid, was required of all conquered...

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