Native American Tribes versus Empires
Native Americans developed unique cultures or ways of life. Many engaged in trade. They were skilled in making baskets, pottery, and jewelry. Within the tribes men and women had different responsibilities.. women would collect roots, wild seeds, nuts, acorns, & berries. Men hunted for birds and fish.
Empires like the Mayan, Aztec, and Incas were more civilized, advanced cultures. They developed cities, science, and industries. Mayans built cities with plazas and pyramids. Axtecs built cities with stone roadways and temples. They also had armies that forced conquered tribes to pay them taxes. The Inca Empire stretched down the coast of South America reaching the Amazon Rain Forest. They created cities and had an amazing network of roadways. They also had engineers that built huge walls to hold soil in their fields, canals to carry water, and bridges over deep canyons.