By Benjamin Keen, Keith Haynes

This best-selling textual content for introductory Latin American background classes, A heritage of Latin the USA, encompasses political and diplomatic idea, category constitution and financial association, tradition and faith, and the surroundings. The integrating framework is the dependency idea, the preferred interpretation of Latin American background, which stresses the industrial dating of Latin American countries to wealthier international locations, fairly the United States.Spanning pre-historic instances to the current, A heritage of Latin the USA makes use of either a chronological and a nation-by-nation process, and contains the latest historic research and the main updated learn. this is often the main streamlined and cohesive version but, with big additions to pedagogy and bankruptcy content material. multiplied insurance of social and cultural historical past contains girls, indigenous cultures, and Afro-Latino peoples.

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The Classic era ended abruptly in both the northern and southern ends of Nuclear America. Shortly before or after 1000 CE, most of the great Classic centers in Mesoamerica and Peru were abandoned or destroyed by civil war or foreign invasion. Almost certainly, the fall of these civilizations came as the climax of a longer period of decline. Population pressure, soil erosion, and 14 CHAPTER 1 ANCIENT AMERICA peasant revolts caused by excessive tribute demands are among the explanations that have been advanced for the collapse of the great Classic citystates and kingdoms.

Eventually, roots would grow and grasp the lake bottom, creating solid ground. On these chinampas the Aztecs grew maize, beans, and other products. AZTEC IMPERIAL EXPANSION For a long time, the Aztecs were subservient to their powerful neighbors in Azcapotzalco, the dominant power in the lake country in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. A turning point in Aztec history came in 1428. Led by their war chief Itzcoatl, the Aztecs joined the rebellious city-state of Texcoco and the smaller town of Tlacopan to destroy the tyranny of Azcapotzalco.

THE MAYA OF CENTRAL AMERICA 21 Ancient murals uncovered at the Bonampak acropolis depict Mayan cultural rituals that integrated history, music, and dance. Here, dancers dressed as lobsters, birds, and crocodiles accompany musicians playing drums, gourd-maracas, and trumpets in a celebration of the debut of a royal heir to the throne. t. archive, London/ The Art Archive] Maya writing was not narrative used to record literature but the large body of Maya myths, legends, poetry, and traditional history that was transmitted orally from generation to generation.

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