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The Maya Civilization, Part 2



The Maya Civilization, Part 2
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     challenging words:    adorn, cinnabar, city-state, hematite, Hieroglyphs, sisal, presented, lasting, civilization, tribute, cacao, archaeologists, based, lifestyle, northeast, writing
     content words:    Yucatan Peninsula


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The Maya Civilization, Part 2
By Jane Runyon
  

1     The people of the Maya civilization were hard workers. They must have been to have built the cities in which they lived. Each city-state had its own beauty. Each city-state had its own problems.
 
2     The Mayas lived in a large area. The northern boundary was roughly the Yucatan Peninsula. This is the piece of land that sticks out into the Gulf of Mexico like a thumb on Mexico's northeast coast. The southern boundary lies near modern day Guatemala. In this area you would find mountains, rain forests, and flat lands. The people had to learn to live in their differing regions.
 
3     The forests contained many fierce animals. Jaguars, crocodiles, and poisonous snakes were dangerous enemies of anyone or anything in their way. The Mayas hunted for turkey, rabbits, and rodents in the forests. They were good sources of food. Monkeys and colorful birds could be found in the rain forests.

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