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Chapter 2. Before the first global age. The Olmecs. The Olmecs were the earliest known civilization in the Americas. The Olmecs lived along the Gulf of Mexico about 3,500 years ago. The Olmecs supplied nearby cities with food .

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Chapter 2

Chapter 2

Before the first global age

The olmecs
The Olmecs

The Olmecs were the earliest known civilization in the Americas.

The Olmecs lived along the Gulf of Mexico about 3,500 years ago.

The Olmecs supplied nearby cities with food.

The Olmecs carved huge stone heads but left few written records.

The mayans
The Mayans

The Mayas were influenced by the Olmecs.

Mayan priests held great power and performed harvest and military ceremonies on top of huge stone pyramids.

Mayan priests made advancements in astronomy and created an accurate 365 day calendar.

For unknown reasons, Mayans abandoned their cities around the year A.D. 900.

The aztecs
The Aztecs

Early Aztecs were nomads who searched for food.

Tenochtitlán, the capital, was built on an island in Lake Texcoco.

The Aztecs thought the sun was a warrior and tried to appease it with human sacrifices.

The Aztec empire stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean by 1500.

The incas
The Incas

The Incan empire stretched 2,500 miles and was on the west coast of South America.

Cuzco was a holy city located high in the Andes Mountains.

The empire was made up of about 10 million people.

The Incas had a network of roads that covered over 10,000 miles.

The Incas were skilled engineers who created terraces on the mountainsides.

North american cultures
North American Cultures

Hohokams lived in present day southern Arizona about 2,000 years ago.

The Anasazis built houses using stone and adobe.

The Anasazis later built houses along steep cliffs to better protect themselves.

MoundBuilders lived in eastern North America beginning about 3,000 years ago.

They used the mounds for burials and for religious ceremonies.

The far north
The Far North

The Inuits

Collected driftwood for tools and shelter

Lived in pit houses

Women made warm clothing out of fur and waterproof boots from sealskins

The plateau region
The Plateau Region

The Utes and the Shoshones

Ate pine nuts and roots and hunted mountain sheep and rabbits

Had few possessions

The northwest region
The Northwest Region

People had more resources, so they could stay in one place

Built permanent villages and traded with other groups

Families held potlatches to show wealth and status

The southeast region
The Southeast Region

The Natchez

Hunted, fished, and farmed along the Gulf of Mexico

Used a 13 month calendar with months such as: Strawberry, Mulberry, Deer, and Bear

Marriage laws ensured class changes

Iroquois confederacy
Iroquois Confederacy

Lived in long houses

Women held family and political power

Included five nations

Sachems met once a year to make decisions for the League.

Trade and religion
Trade and Religion

How was trade linked to the spread of Islam?

As people traded goods, they traded ideas and spread the religion.

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Trade and Religion

What were the two major trade routes used by Muslim traders?

Across land by the Silk Road

Across the Indian Ocean

Trade and life
Trade and Life

How did trade help city-states develop?

The concentration of wealth made it necessary to develop some form of government.

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Trade and Life

Where did most people in Africa live?

Most people lived in small villages.


What importance did extended families and kinship have in small African villages?

Families in small villages were dependent upon one another for survival.

Chinese trade
Chinese Trade

Which statement best describes Chinese trade in the 1400s?

a) Eventually a Chinese fleet crossed the Pacific and rounded the tip of South America.

b) In the early 1400s, a large Chinese fleet traded in many foreign ports; then, after thirty years, it suddenly stopped.

c) In the 1400s, the Chinese built a new fleet patterned after the many Chinese fleets before it.

d) The Chinese established several trading cities on the west coast of Africa.

Tradition and change
Tradition and Change

  • Jewish Traditions

  • Followed the Ten Commandments

  • No one was above God’s law

  • Everyone had to obey religious laws

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Tradition and Change

  • Christian Traditions

  • All could achieve salvation-All were equal

  • Persecuted Christians spread out and carried the ideas of equality with them

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Tradition and Change

  • Greek Traditions

  • Created direct democracy

  • All citizens could attend assemblies and make laws

  • All people were not citizens- only free men whose parents had been born in Athens were citizens

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Tradition and Change

  • Roman Traditions

  • Absorbed Greek traditions

  • Created a Republic

  • Everyone was equal under the law

  • Republic fell apart

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Tradition and Change

  • Which of the following traditions did NOT influence the development of European society?

  • A. Christianity

  • B. The Roman republic

  • C. Judaism

  • D. Chinese trading fleets

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Tradition and Change

Early Greek thinkers said that

A. it was a sacred duty to obey God’s laws.

B. God had given Jesus the Ten Commandments

C. all people, rich or poor, could achieve salvation

D. all people were equal before the law

Tweeting the middle ages
Tweeting the Middle Ages

  • @Feudalism-Feudalism evolved during the Middle Ages with kings at the top, nobles next, and peasants last.

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Tweeting the Middle Ages

  • @ Life in the MA- Roman Catholic Church was powerful, peasants grew more food, and warfare declined.

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Tweeting the Middle Ages

  • @ Crusades-Wars for control of the Holy Land led to an increase in trade between Europe and the Muslim world.

Tweeting knowledge
Tweeting Knowledge

  • @ Knowledge-An increase in knowledge led to new tools and an increased desire for wealth through trade.

Tweeting exploration
Tweeting Exploration

  • @ Voyages of Trade- Portugal built new ships and led the way searching for new trade routes to Asia.