National Geographic : 1986 Apr
Realm of the Maya EVER a single empire, the SMaya raised dozens of great centers in present-dayMexico, Guatemala,Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador.Spreading across some 100,000 square miles, the Maya lowlands flourished during the Late Classicperiod,A.D. 600-900, shown here. The cities were supplied by farmers practicing complex agriculturaltechniques and by extensive trade networks. Goods were transportedby canoe and by bearers on packed-dirtpaths or sometimes on raised roads. Total population may have numbered 12 to 16 million. Major cities held sway over neighbors with whom they sharedarchitecture and ceramic styles, accordingto Dr.Adams. His regionalboundariesare based on his estimates of city size and influence. Corridors with no dense settlement fall between his assumed boundaries,like buffer zones.