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Figure 24.14--Meso-America: red lines mark the boundaries of the Meso-American cultures where complex societies began to develop as early as 4,500 yr BP. Domestication of certain plants, particularly maize, led to sophisticated agricultural systems. By 1500, there may have been 10 million people in this region (modified from Smith 1996).

Map of Central America showing an area bounded to the north by an east-west line halfway up Mexico and to the south by a north-south line from Honduras to Costa Rica

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