North America 200 CE
The Mayan civilization is now emerging.
What is happening in North America in 200CE
The past few centuries have seen the largest city in all Pre-Columbian history appear. This is Teotihuacan, in Mexico. Meanwhile, the Mayan city-states have continued to develop their distinctive civilization, which is now entering its classic phase.
Eastern farming cultures
Further north, the Hopewell culture is spreading throughout the woodlands of the present-day eastern USA.
South-West farming cultures
In the south-west, the Hohokum are developing elaborate irrigation systems – including dams and a complex network of canals, some taking water 10 miles from water source to fields. Large settlements are appearing; one, Snaketown, covers more than 300 acres. The presence of ball courts, one of the most distinctive elements of Mesoamerican civilization, is strong evidence for contact between this region and Mexico.