Mexico and Central America 500 CE
The Mayan civilization is now reaching its peak.
What is happening in Mexico and Central America in 500CE
Teotihuacan continues to thrive. The great city exercises an influence which extends throughout the length and breadth of Mesoamerica. To what extent this is based on commercial ties or military power is unknown – no records have survived, even though this is a literate civilization.
In the lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula the Mayan city-states have now reached their classical period. Teotihuacan exercises a strong cultural – and perhaps political – influence in the region, but the Maya are developing a mature, vibrant civilization of their own, which will soon experience the greatest cultural flowering in Pre-Columbian American history.