World History 1 130 - 8.3 The Age of Empires in the Americas

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Describe the expansion of pre-Columbian civilizations like the Aztec and Inca
  • Identify key features of the Aztec and Inca civilizations
  • Identify key features of the Anasazi and Mississippian traditions in North America

The arrival of the Spanish at the end of the fifteenth century inaugurated a new age in the Americas, but in Mexico and Peru, the Spanish entered areas already under the control of large and sophisticated empires. The Inca in the Andes and the Aztecs in Mesoamerica were the cultural inheritors of thousands of years of civilizational development that included the heritage of the Moche, Nazca, and Tiwanaku in the Andes and the Olmec, Maya, and Teotihuacanos in Mesoamerica. Likewise, the Mississippian tradition chiefdoms of the Eastern Woodlands, where the early Spanish explorers also trod, were the product of ancient cultural and civilization developments going back to the mound-building traditions of Adena, Hopewell, and even earlier cultures.

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The content of this course has been taken from the free World History, Volume 1: to 1500 textbook by Openstax