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The student will trace the origins and expansion of the Islamic World between 600 CE and 1300 CE.

a. Explain the rise and fall of the Olmec, Mayan, Aztec, and Inca empires.

b. ​Compare the culture of the Americas; include government, economy, religion, and the arts of the Mayans, Aztecs.










Disney production: The Road to El Dorado [2000] [cue 53:00 mins]

The Maya played a game called Pok-ta-tok. It was a ball game, the ball they used was a five pound  solid rubber ball. They could use their forearms and thighs to pass and hit the ball. The object of the game was to get the ball into the hoops on either sides of the ball court.

The Aztecs played a ball game with basically the same rules and objective, it is called Tlachtli. Players in both pok-ta-tok and tlachtli used to wear pads but were still injured and even killed. Still  there is a big difference, in tlachtli you can use every body part but your hands.