Ancient Americans. Section 1.1. Main Idea. People arrived on the American continents thousands of years ago and developed flourishing societies. North America. 1 st Americans Crossed over the Bering Strait over 8,000 years ago Migrated during Ice Age
The ancient civilizations of the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec developed sophisticated societies long before European contact.
Each developed written language and complex social structures.
Located in Mexico and Central America, their respective empires covered much land.
All 3 civilizations created huge pyramids that still stand today.