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Chapter 15, Lesson 3: The Maya (pp. 404-409)

I. A Growing Civilization

II. An Economy Based on Agriculture

    A. As the population increased, Mayan farmers devised new ways to increase food production.

    B. The Maya traded surplus food and other products with peoples living in Central America and Mexico.

III. Priests as Kings

    A. The Maya worshipped many gods whom they believed controlled the natural world.

    B. Mayan rulers were both priests and warriors.

IV. Mayan Achievements

    A. Mayan civilization developed writing and number systems.

    B. The Maya created accurate calendars.

    C. Mayan achievements included decorative arts and magnificent architecture.

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