In the late 1400s, Europeans set sail toward the West and stumbled into the New World. What Christopher Columbus and his men couldn’t have known was that they’d ventured into an area that had already witnessed the birth and death of major civilizations unlike anything Europe had ever seen. What do you know about the legendary Maya, Inca and Aztec societies in our quiz?
Western history tends to emphasize the European exploration — and exploitation — of Central and South America in the 1500s. But the Maya, Inca and Aztec peoples built (and destroyed) civilizations of majestic proportions before any white people ever set foot on their turf. How much do you know about the difference between these various cultures?
The Incas, Mayans and Aztecs overlapped in some ways, but they also had distinct characteristics that made them unique to history. They worshipped different gods, built varied political systems, and even had very different architecture. Do you think you can pick out the various details that made these societies special?
Although their empire days are long over, these cultures left behind a wealth of artifacts and symbols that endure. Their customs and dialect are still strong, too. Let’s see how much you know about these fascinating native societies in our tough history quiz!