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Ch 12: History of Our World Chapter 12: Early Civilizations of the Americas

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The Early Civilizations of the Americas chapter of this Prentice Hall History of Our World Textbook Companion Course helps students learn the essential history lessons of the Incas, Native Americans and Meso-Americans. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Early Civilizations of the Americas textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in the Prentice Hall History of Our World Early Civilizations of the Americas chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the early civilizations of the Americas topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students Will Learn:

  • History of Incan civilization and the Incan army
  • Meso-American religion and rites of passage
  • Civilizations such as the Cortes and the Olmecs
  • History of Native Americans

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6 Lessons in Chapter 12: History of Our World Chapter 12: Early Civilizations of the Americas
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The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

1. The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

The Incan Empire was an amazing empire of the early Americas. Their accomplishments rival those of many other great empires, but they were defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in only a few years.

Incan Army: History & Practices

2. Incan Army: History & Practices

In this lesson, you will learn about the Inca Army through the eyes of a soldier, one of the 200,000 well-trained warriors tasked with defending and expanding South America's mighty Inca Empire.

Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

3. Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

This lesson focuses on the early cultures of Mesoamerica. The Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs developed great civilizations in Mesoamerica over millennia. Then, after all of this development and the building of a great empire, the Aztec were quickly defeated by Hernando Cortes.

The Religions of Meso-America

4. The Religions of Meso-America

This lesson will explore the bygone religions of Meso-America, specifically the Mayan and Aztec belief systems. In doing this, it will highlight their belief in animism, their sacred calendars, and the use of human sacrifice as a means of worship.

The Meso-American Religious Rites of Passage

5. The Meso-American Religious Rites of Passage

This lesson will explain the Mesoamerican rites of passage. In doing this, it will explore the ancient cultures and ceremonial practices of the Mayan and Aztec people of Mexico and Central America.

Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

6. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.

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