The Americas are out there on an island. The “Global Tapestry” has a gap in it that disconnects the Americas from all of the other places. By 1200, a big chunk of Afro-Eurasia is connected in some way. The Americas prior to 1492 (and before that some minor contact with the Polynesians) are on there own. The addition of the Americas to the Global Trade Network is arguably THE theme of the next period. For now, get to know the Americas before the Spanish arrive and along with them, Smallpox; destroying much of these civilizations.
Empires and states in Afro-Eurasia and the Americas demonstrated continuity, innovation, and diversity in the 13th century.
In the Americas and in Africa, as in Eurasia, state systems demonstrated continuity, innovation, and diversity, and expanded in scope and reach.
The fate of cities varied greatly, with periods of significant decline and periods of increased urbanization buoyed by rising productivity and expanding trade networks
CLIP #1: TENOCHTITLAN
CLIP # 2: TZOMPANTLI (Aztec Skull Rack!!! from Science)
CLIP #3: AZTEC SACRIFICE
CLIP #4: CHINAMPAS TODAY
CLIP #5: MESO-AMERICAN BALL GAME (from ROAD TO EL DORADO)
CLIP #6: REVIVING THE MESO-AMERICAN BALL GAME
CLIP #7 RISE OF THE INCA (from TEDed)
CLIP #8: MACHU PICCHU 101 (from NatGeo)
CLIP #9: INCAN TERRACE FARMING
CLIP #10: INCAN ROADS
CLIP #11: CAHOKIA
CLIP #12: MESA VERDE PUEBLOS
CLIP #13: POLYNESIAN MIGRATIONS (from TEDEd)
CLIP #14: DISNEY & LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA’s take on the POLYNESIAN MIGRATIONS from MOANA