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World History - Chapter 9

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Beringia
land bridge connecting Asia with the Americas
Ice Age
time period from 1.6 million to 10,000 BC; glaciers spread southward from the arctic circle
maize
corn; one of the most important crops
Mesoamerica
first complex societies in the Americas; area from central Mexico to northern Honduras
Olmec
first known civilization builders; Mesoamerica's "mother culture"
Zapotec
rose after the collapse of Olmec civilization; built a unique civilization
Monte Alban
first real urban center in the Americas; eventually grew to 25,000 inhabitants
Chavin
first influential civilization in South America; in the mountains
Nazca
civilization (southern Peru) emerged following the decline of the Chavin civilization;; developed extensive irrigation systems, underground canals; known for huge drawing in the land
Moche
civilization (norther Peru); lived near rivers; wealthy; jewelry crafted from gold, silver, and semiprecious stones; brilliant ceramic artists

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