The Three Musketeers
Maya, Aztec, and Inca!
Located in the Mexican and Central American rain forest.
Namesake City: Chichen Itza
Located in arid valley in Mexico
Namesake City: Tenochititlan
Located in the Andes Mountains of South America
Namesake City: Machu Picchu
The Mayan agricultural methods allowed them to thrive in the tropical environment. The Mayans grew and raised their crops along annual flood waters. Mayan had powerful individual city states all ruled by a king, yet each city had an individual ruler.
The Aztec created chinampas (artificial islands) to grow their farmland.
The society became rich off of tribute, war brought wealth, and society had a single ruler.
The economy was based in their high-altitude agriculture.
The Incan people can also be praised for their road systems.
Comparisons And Contrasts
- The Mayans, Aztec, and Incas all shared wide accomplishments in their calenders, mathematics, and writing system.
- In contrast, the Mayan were located in rain forests, the Aztecs were located in the deserts, and the Incan were located in the Mountains.
- Both the Incans and Aztecs were ruled by an emperor, while the Mayans had a king.
- All civilizations are Polytheistic
- All civilizations had their economy based off of their agriculture, but the Mayans also based it off of their trade as well.
- Mayan and Aztec built pyramids.
- All civilizations had namesake cities.