Preview — Mayan Civilization by Albert Redfield. Are you interested in learning what our ancestors studied, built, and how they entertained themselves? Do you find the internet to be an overwhelming place and want all the information compiled into one convenient location? I have studied the Mayan Civilization and have come to the conclusion that they are one of the most interesting pieces of history.
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At any rate, the glorious days of the expansion of Maya empire were over. The Postclassic period — saw development in northern areas, especially in Yucatan cities such as Chichen Itza. However, strife increased between competing city-states and the Maya Empire was in disarray by the time it was conquered by the Spanish in the 17thcentury.
The Spanish conquest of the Maya was a long and brutal campaign. Because there was no central ruler or government, the smaller Maya city-states had to be taken and controlled one by one, and they put up fierce resistance until the last Maya states were subdued in , effectively spelling the end of Maya self rule.
One of the saddest consequences of Spanish rule was the destruction of the vast Maya libraries and along with them, much of recorded Maya history and thought. Maya language and some traditions survive in these areas, with the Maya supporting themselves through agriculture, hunting and the production of arts and crafts.
Contemporary Maya leaders view education, improved health care and the promotion of cultural self esteem as important components for the Maya to participate in modern society while preserving their traditions and cultural identity. Maya studies continue to be a very exciting, dynamic and contentious area of scholarship, with new theories arising as quickly as old ones are debunked. The Chiquibul National Forest surrounding the extensive 55sq mi city of Caracol continues to reveal new information and sites as archaeologists use new technology to identify an area whose sheer size and rich heritage promises to supply even further evidence of this incredibly rich, unique and enigmatic civilisation.
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