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The Mayas a generally very peaceful tribe started their civilization around 300 AD These people were in the region of the Middle America When they started living here most of the land was thick forests and mountains They lived in what is now Belize Guatemala Honduras El Salvador and part of Mexico in central America The first city the Mayas built was Uaxactun in Northern Guatemala This city was built in 328 AD Soon thereafter their main city and worshipping place was built Tikal Tikal was located at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula There were over 3000 structures and 6 pyramids reaching as high as 190 feet There were also seven temple places and many man-made reservoirs Still another city was made Copan Copan was a very large city also In this city many people studied and worked Also people learning to become part of the government and people learning to become scholars came here Outside of the cities was where most of the common people lived They only went into the cities to pray go to ceremonies and to study The houses the Mayas lived in consisted of one room made out of stucco with one door a thatched roof and no windows All of the cooking was done outside To make their houses more colorful they painted murals on every wall Each family had a plot of land by their house to grow fruits and vegetables All of the Maya people farmed and did other jobs The main crop was corn which was popped eaten regular or dried and ground into flour In addition to corn the Mayas grew cacao squash beans and cotton Each family grew some or all of these crops and kept bees for honey and turkeys and ducks for soups and for other things The Maya society was set up into five groups the ruling classvery noble people scribesthe people who knew how to read
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