empires and states in 1500

Aztec Empire

# 14 lead by emperor Montezuma, the _____ dominated central Mexico until Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors took over


# 12 West African empire that conquered Mali and controlled trade from the 1400s to 1591.


#15 Mesoamerican civilization of Central America and southern Mexico. Achievements include mathematics, architecture, and a 365 day a year calendar


K - capital city of the Aztec empire,located where Mexico city stands now


# 13 located in Andes Mts. of South America
capital of Cuzco strong central government with a king as ruler advanced system of highways (roads and bridges)

Mughal Empire

#10 - The Taj Mahal was built under Shah Jahan, who brought this empire to the brink of bankruptcy.


D - capital of Russia


M - a city in central Mali near the Niger river

Ottoman Empire

#7 - Muslim empire based in Turkey that lasted from the 1300's to 1922., Called "the sick man of Europe"


J - capital city of the Incan Empire, Located in present-day Peru


#2 - home of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, Baron de Montesquieu, a republic in western Europe


peninsular region of southeastern Europe that became known as the "powder keg" (#7 in Europe)


F - Italy's leading cultural center during Renaissance; important for trade and commerce; dominated by the Medici's


#4 - a republic in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula


C - capital and largest city of Italy


E - capital of the Ottoman Empire; named this after 1453 and the sack of Constantinople.


L - the capital and largest city of Iran; Conference held in Iran. First "Big Three" conference (FDR, Churchill, Stalin) - agreed to coordinate actions in WWII.


B - Capital city of Iraq. As heart of the Arab Empire, it was second only to Constantinople in terms of size and grandeur in 1000 C.E.

Safavid Empire (Persia)

#8 - Shi'ite Muslim dynasty that ruled in Persia between the 16th and 18th centuries


#11 - "Land of the Rising Sun", chain of islands that stretches north to south in the northern Pacific Ocean

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again


Reload the page to try again!


Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

Star this term

You can study starred terms together

NEW! Voice Recording