Mexico and Central America 2500 BCE
Farming is spreading in Mexico.
What is happening in Mexico and Central America in 2500BCE
Farming communities are gradually spreading across present-day Mexico. At the same time, these communities are placing increased emphasis upon growing crops and rearing small animals for their food, at the expense of hunting and gathering. This development is linked to the slow development of fully domesticated maize, which are easier to harvest and a great deal more nutritious than the wild varieties. At this time, also, the first pottery appears in Mesoamerica. Nevertheless, throughout Mesoamerica most of the population remains at the hunter-gatherer level of subsistence, and some areas which would later play a predominating role in the development of Mesoamerican civilization, such as the Yucatan Peninsula and the central Valley of Mexico, were very thinly populated at this date.