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Maya Christians and Their Churches in Sixteenth-Century Belize$
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Elizabeth Graham

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036663

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036663.001.0001

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Yucatan and Belize on the Eve of Conquest

Yucatan and Belize on the Eve of Conquest

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Maya Christians and Their Churches in Sixteenth-Century Belize

Elizabeth Graham

University Press of Florida

This chapter addresses Maya political and economic organization just prior to the Spanish Conquest in Yucatan, Belize, and to some extent, Peten. The nature of native Maya states and geopolitical units is explored, as is the Precolumbian Maya economy. A summary is provided of what we know from archaeology about Belize communities in the sixteenth century, with a focus on Tipu and Lamanai.

Keywords:   Spanish Conquest, Maya, Tipu, Lamanai, Yucatan, Belize, Peten, tribute, warfare, human sacrifice

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