Cliff Palace, New Mexico, the largest cliff dwelling in North America, was built by the Ancestral Puebloans around 1200 CE.
- Explain how and why states in the Americas developed and changed over time.
In the Americas, as in Afro-Eurasia, state systems demonstrated continuity, innovation, and diversity, and expanded in scope and reach.
Moundbuilders & Cliff-dwellers
The Aztecs practiced human sacrifice.
coronation of Aztec emperor Motecuzuma I
Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti around 1450 AD. It was abandoned after the Spanish conquest of Peru and remained largely forgotten until its rediscovery by an American archaeologist in 1911 AD.