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Ancient civilization of the Maya, Aztec and Inca. Please contrast the Mayan, Aztec and Inca civilizations addressing their unique adaptations to the physical environment and describe a brief the location of each civilization. Discuss the cultural contributions of each group and the legacy that endure in Latin American culture today/ What was the significance of Maize (corn) cultivation in these civilizations?

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to demonstrate knowledge of the 3 foremost Latin American prehistoric civilizations and their difference from each other. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. About the 3 civilizations - 300 words
a. Maya
b. Aztec
c. Inca
2. Environmental adaptations & cultural contributions - 150 words
3. Legacy of all 3
I have attached a document that contrasts and compares all 3 so you will have an additional source of information should you need it. You can also use the lksted resources to further explore the topic. Good luck with your studies!

AE 105878/Xenia Jones
Meso-American Civilizations
When we talk prehistoric Meso-American civilizations, we refer to cultures prominent of which are the following - Maya, Aztec and Inca as well as the Olmecs. To some, they seem to be the same as they as cultures ruled Latin America within a unique system of government, system of beliefs and social order prior to the arrival of the Spanish and the Portuguese. Here, we will discuss the first 3. The Mayans are said to be the first 'true power', having been around from 400BC-1517AD with its height from 200 to 900 AD. They ruled Central America including present-day Mexico, Guatamala, El Salvador, Belize, and Honduras. Of the 3, theirs were the largest as evidenced by the 'big cities' they controlled including Tikal, Chichen Itza, Copan, Palenque & Mayapan. They were farmers subsisting on ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the Aztecs, the Mayans and the Incas. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A comparative chart is also attached.