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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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 in South America was defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Explore pre-Incan civilizations, find out who King Pachacutec was, and discover how Francisco Pizarro led to the end of the Inca Empire.

Incan Army: History & Practices

2. Incan Army: History & Practices

The Inca Empire formed along the western coast of South American around the 14th century CE, and their impressive army helped build and maintain their vast empire. Learn more about the history and practices of the Inca Army through the eyes of a soldier, one of 200,000 well-trained warriors, as he discusses combat skills, weapons, shields, and battle campaigns.

Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

3. Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

Mesoamerica was home to great cultures and civilizations. Explore these cultures, including the Olmec, the Maya, and the Aztecs. Learn about Hernando Cortes and his role in conquering the Aztecs.

The Religions of Meso-America

4. The Religions of Meso-America

Meso-America consists of many ancient religious practices. Examine the differences between Mayan and Aztec belief systems, deities, the Aztec calendar, and the significance of specific ritualistic practices in Mayan and Aztec religions.

The Meso-American Religious Rites of Passage

5. The Meso-American Religious Rites of Passage

Religious rites of passages were used throughout Meso-America to celebrate different stages of life for the Mayans and Aztecs. Learn about the importance of birth, puberty, manhood, marriage, and death as rites of passages for the Mayans and Aztecs.

Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

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

Several ideas exist about the origins of early people in the Americas. Explore the Bering Land Bridge Theory, the Atlantic Theory, the Oceania Theory, and consider which theory has the most evidence.

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