pre-Columbian art

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A term derived from the name of the explorer Christopher Columbus, traditionally credited with the discovery of the Americas in 1492. It is used to describe art made by the indigenous peoples of Meso-America (part of Mexico and Central America) and the Andean region (western South America) before the Spanish exploration and conquest of those regions in the 16th century. Among the highly sophisticated cultures included under this label are those of the Mayan, Aztec, and Inca civilizations.

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