Ancient America

Civilizations began in the Americas long before Europeans thought they did. The Olmecs and the Mayas were two of the first. Other peoples lived in North and Central America. Find out more about their stories here.


The Mayas
The Mayas were an incredibly advanced civilization that roamed and settled in and about modern-day Mexico and Central America. Find out more about the Mayas here.

The Inca
The Inca Empire was one of the most wide-ranging civilizations of South America.

Aztecs
The Aztec Empire was one of the mightiest in the Americas, but it was brought down eventually by a coalition of its enemies and invading Spaniards.

Timeline of South America
From 5000 B.C. to the present day

The People and History of Mexico
Much more than a timeline, this tremendous resource is also a series of links to words and pictures that bring the history of Mexico to life, from the very beginnings. This site is an excellent example of how the study of history must include people, not just dates and places.

The Olmecs
The earliest known civilization in Mexico

The Toltecs
Before the Aztecs were the Toltecs

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