Maya Timeline

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The Spanish invaded Mexico.

600-300 B.C.



The Mayan people lived in an area known as Middle America, their civilization startedaround 1000 B.C.The Mayan’s lived in farming villages and jungles , They preferred to live near areas with fertile lands as farming was their main profession. In the early days of the Mayan civilization, they had no kings or rulers. people took turns to rule. however in about 600 B.C. a higher class emerged. Every Mayan city was like a separate country or kingdom, they had their own kings or emperors and the nobility ruled the government

The Maya empire started.

The Maya begin to build new cities.

The Maya empire reaches its height.

The Mayan civilization reached its height, great cities were running efficiently and smoothly. After 900 A.D. many old Mayan cities were being abandoned for unknown reasons.Instead new Mayan cities were built.

The Mayan civilization ended when Hernando Cortes and his Spanish army invaded the valley of Mexico. Their greatest city, Chichenitza, in present time Guatemala, was destroyed by the Spanish because they thought that the Mayan civilization was evil. As their great empire lay in ruins, the Mayan citizens started working in houses or on farms of the Spanish people as slaves

The Mayan begin to build citiesThe Mayan calendar, number system and writing starts to be used by many Mayan communities and citizens.

Mayan people still live in parts of Mexico and Guatemala.The Mayan civilization was decimated even before the Spanish came to the Yucatan Peninsula, but it fully lost its power when the Spanish conquered the Mexican valley and wiped out all the native-american communities there.Historians believe that agricultural failure and extreme weather conditions led to the collapse of the Mayan civilization but no one can explain why it was so sudden. Although there are thousands of descendants of the ancient Mayans today, living in different parts of Southern America, not much of their culture has survived.When the Spanish arrived in Mexico at 1519 A.D. they were very unfamiliar to Mayan ways of life and believed their culture and religion was 'evil'. Therefore most of their academic and religious texts were burned and their cities were destroyed.So today, we don't know much about their beliefs and philosophies.But we do know about their greater inventions and achievements, such as their tracking of constellations and celestial bodies and their distinctive architecture.Even though the Maya civilization is not as powerful or significant today as it used to be in Mesoamerica, this ancient native-american civilization had a huge impact on South America and outside.They were very well ahead of their time as they built a successful and effective community, even without a lot of necessities that other global civilizations of that time couldn't survive without.The Mayans are still widely remembered today and some of their agricultural practices and customs still exist in moderation.

650 B.C.

A climate change occurs in Europe. Which affects all the Bronze-age civilizations with cold and bitter weather and forces tribes from Scandinavian countries to move down south.

1535 A.D.

Henry VIII declares himself Head of English Church marking the beginning of reformation.



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