- from The Maya
Thousands of years ago, not one human lived in all of North or South America.
Then, around 15,000 B.C., the first people arrived from Asia. Slowly, they traveled south, and some settled in parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America. Later, they became known as the Maya.
From this humble start, the Maya created one of the grandest civilizations of all time. They built magnificent palaces, developed a complex system of writing and an accurate calendar, and could even predict eclipses!
Then, around A.D. 800, something terrible must have happened. During the next century, many Maya cities emptied out. In time, the jungle once again grew over the Maya land.
Who were the Maya? What did they achieve? Journey back in time and take a look at one of the most fascinating—and puzzling—civilizations of all time.