Yucatan and Belize on the Eve of Conquest

Elizabeth Graham

in Maya Christians and Their Churches in Sixteenth-Century Belize

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036663
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041834 | DOI:
Yucatan and Belize on the Eve of Conquest

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This chapter addresses Maya political and economic organization just prior to the Spanish Conquest in Yucatan, Belize, and to some extent, Peten. The nature of native Maya states and geopolitical units is explored, as is the Precolumbian Maya economy. A summary is provided of what we know from archaeology about Belize communities in the sixteenth century, with a focus on Tipu and Lamanai.

Keywords: Spanish Conquest; Maya; Tipu; Lamanai; Yucatan; Belize; Peten; tribute; warfare; human sacrifice

Chapter.  11068 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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