Ch 15: Meso-American & Andean Civilizations

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the people, traditions and economies of the Meso-American and Andean civilizations. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

About This Chapter

Meso-American civilizations included the Maya, the Olmec and the Aztec people. These early civilizations inhabited various regions of Mexico. After watching the video lessons in this Meso-American and Andean Civilizations chapter, you could have a better understanding of:

  • The religious beliefs of the Mayans
  • The family life and class structures of the Aztec people
  • The warfare and slavery of the Incas

Video Objective
Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec and Inca Civilizations Examine the climates of Central and South America and discover how they influenced the economies of the Maya, Incas and Aztecs.
Life in the Maya Civilization Develop an understanding of Mayan politics and economies.
Life in the Aztec Empire Discover how the Aztec people lived.
Life in the Incan Empire Examine the traditions and familial roles of the Incas.
The Rise of the Maya Civilization Learn about the origins of the civilization.
The Rise of the Aztecs Explore the building of the Aztec empire.
The Rise of the Incan Empire Learn about the expansion of the Incan empire into a complex culture.
The Defeat of the Aztecs Discover how the Aztecs were defeated during the Spanish conquest.
The Defeat of the Inca Study the factors that led to the Incas' defeat.
Artistic and Oral Traditions of the Maya Explore the traditions of the Mayans.
Artistic and Oral Traditions of the Inca Study the artistry of the Inca people.
Artistic and Oral Traditions of the Aztec Discover some of the Aztecs' behaviors and customs.
Meso-American Achievements in Astronomy and Architecture Discuss the building of the culture's agricultural systems and the creation of its calendar.

13 Lessons in Chapter 15: Meso-American & Andean Civilizations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations

1. Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations

In this lesson, you will explore the jungles of the Yucatan, the high valleys of Mexico, and the peaks of Peru as we examine how geography shaped the civilizations of the Maya, Aztecs, and Inca. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Life in the Maya Civilization

2. Life in the Maya Civilization

In this lesson, you will experience a day in the life of a person in the Maya civilization of Central America, and then test your understanding about this complex culture.

Life in the Aztec Empire

3. Life in the Aztec Empire

Experience a day in Aztec Empire and explore the capital city Tenochtitlán in the Valley of Mexico. Then, test your understanding about this powerful military state with a short quiz.

Life in the Incan Empire

4. Life in the Incan Empire

In this lesson, you will be able to experience a day in the life of a subject of the Incan Empire, an advanced civilization of South America. Then, you will test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Rise of the Maya Civilization

5. The Rise of the Maya Civilization

In this lesson, you will explore the origins of the great Maya civilization that developed in Central America. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Rise of the Aztecs

6. The Rise of the Aztecs

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the great Mesoamerican civilization, the Aztec Empire. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about Aztec history with a brief quiz.

The Rise of the Incan Empire

7. The Rise of the Incan Empire

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of one of the greatest civilizations of the Americas: the Inca. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about Incan history with a brief quiz.

The Defeat of the Aztecs

8. The Defeat of the Aztecs

In this lesson, you will explore the defeat of the powerful Aztec Empire, and then test your understanding about the Aztecs, the Spanish conquest of Mexico, and empires in Central America.

The Defeat of the Inca

9. The Defeat of the Inca

In this lesson, you'll explore the history of the great Inca Empire and the conquest of Peru by the Spanish. You'll also learn how the great Inca Empire met its end.

Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Maya

10. Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Maya

In this lesson, you will explore the art and language of the Maya, one of the highly sophisticated cultures of the ancient Americas. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Inca

11. Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Inca

In this lesson, you will explore the language and art of the great Inca civilization of South America. Then, you be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Aztec

12. Artistic & Oral Traditions of the Aztec

In this lesson, you will explore how art and language were deeply connected in the Aztec Empire, a powerful culture that controlled Central America. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about the Aztec Empire, their language, and their art with a brief quiz.

Mesoamerican Achievements in Astronomy & Architecture

13. Mesoamerican Achievements in Astronomy & Architecture

In this lesson, you will explore the math and science of the Aztecs, Maya, and Inca: three of the greatest civilizations of the ancient Americas. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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