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Copán, Honduras; (America, northern continent)

Ancient Mayan sculpture (America, northern continent)

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"Heron capturing fish"; Copán, Honduras; (America, northern continent)

Copán, Honduras (America, northern continent)

The first Mexicans were Olmec. Their culture flourished from around 1200 B.C. and lasted to about 200 A.D. These folks were native to America & were in no way linked to any other group (outside of the six founder haplogroups) until after Columbus' arrival and conquest.

Olmec colossal heads. The most recognized aspect of the Olmec civilization are the enormous helmeted heads. The Olmec are now recognized as the predecessors of the Maya and Aztec civilizations. Olmec head, Museo de Antropología, Xalapa Olmec head, Veracruz, circa 1942. The Olmec are now recognized as the predecessors of the Maya and Aztec civilizations. Many of the scientific and cultural discoveries previously credited to those cultures are now recognized as being discovered first by the Olmec.

Tlatelolco Aztec Market - The great daily market at Tlatelolco was controlled by a merchant class (pochteca) that specialized in long-distance luxury item trade. The Aztecs had a state-controlled mixed economy: tribute, markets, commodity use, and distribution were highly regulated.

Maya Warrior, 700 ACE (America, northern continent)