Published on March 15, 2013 by Carol
The Maya were located in southern Mexico and into Central America. Mayans had the only fully developed language of the pre-Columbian cultures as well as spectacular art, sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems.
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Gold may have ultimately led to the demise of the Maya. The Maya were skilled craftsmen who possessed the ability to work the precious yellow metal into highly detailed ornaments and figures. Precious metals such as gold and silver were one of the main motivating factors that drew the Spanish to overtake them. The last Mayan stronghold fell to the Spanish Conquistadors in the late 1600′s
Source: Museum of Native America