Dying Mayans- The Causes

CR 134/700

Billy:
This information is sufficient. Then still this: Guido asked me whether I knew the reason for the disappearance of the Mayan culture. Do you know anything about that?
Quetzal:
57. One reason was very strong climatic changes, which extended approximately over 230 years.
58. A time during which the Yucatan Peninsula, where the actual Mayan culture was settled, was hit by many droughts, which cost many people’s lives or forced them into migration.
59. Another reason was tribal wars and acts of war with foreign Indian tribes.
60. Also, many people were carried off by epidemics, not only in the actual central area of the Maya but also in all the other areas where the Maya resided, such as in the areas of Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala, etc.
61. The total population of all the Mayan tribes added together was about 17 million people.
62. During those approximately 230 years of natural and environmental disasters, the epidemics and wars to which the Maya were exposed resulted in the fact that these indigenous peoples and families of languages disappeared in southern Mesoamerica, southern Mexico and northern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras.
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