The region of Mexico and Central America that is one of several possible centers of domestication for Phaseolus vulgaris. Bean varieties from this area tend to be small seeded compared to those from the Andean region of South America.
a geographical culture area extending from central Honduras and northwestern Costa Rica on the south, and, in Mexico, from the Rio Soto la Marina in Tamaulipas and the Rio Fuerte in Sinaloa on the north. Prehistoric groups in this area are characterized by agricultural villages and large ceremonial and politico-religious capitals. Well known cultural groups within Mesoamerica include Mayans, Aztecs, Olmecs, Mixtecs, Toltecs, and Zapotecs. The Chalchihuites culture of northwestern Mesoamerica probably had the most influence on the Hohokam.
the ancient name for the countries located in Central America and Mexico.
An ethno-geographical area in Central America, which included Guatemala, Belize, the northwestern edges of Honduras and El Salvador, and the Mexican provinces of Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Campeche and part of Tabasco.
A geographical and cultural region that at the time of the Spanish conquest included much of what is now southern Mexico and Central America. metate: The lower part of a tool used for grinding corn and other grains. The grain sits on the metate, and is ground by the mano rolling over it.
a spatial region/geographic area, but also a region of cultural commonalities
Middle America, including Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.
The region that comprises Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and the Pacific coast of El Salvador.
A prehistoric culture that existed throughout Mexico and central America.
The term used for the area from Central Mexico to El Salvador. The cultures of the Maya, Aztec, and Olmec are thus called "Mesoamerican."
Mexico and Central America; along with Peru, site of development of sedentary agriculture in Western hemisphere. (p. 205)
The term Mesoamerica refers to a geographical region that extends roughly from the Tropic of Cancer in central Mexico south through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, western Honduras, and the pacific lowlands of Nicaragua to northwestern Costa Rica. It is characterized by a particular cultural homogeneity exhibited by the indigenous cultures within its limits. As such, it is considered a culture area, defined by interrelated cultural similarities, brought about by millennia of inter- and intra-regional interaction, that existed among the relatively disparate Mesoamerican cultures.