A Native American people, living in what is now Mexico and northern Central America, who had a flourishing civilization from before the birth of Jesus until around 1600, when they were conquered by the Spanish. The Mayas are known for their astronomical observations, accurate calendars, sophisticated hieroglyphics, and pyramids.
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In several districts besides those of the Mayas and the Quichés the natives still maintained independent governments.Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology|John D. Baldwin
The Mayas are thought to have been the earliest of the Nahuatl family to migrate from their northern home.Mexico|Susan Hale
The important question remains, how closely, by these cycles, did the Mayas approximate to preserving the exact date of an event?The Maya Chronicles|Various
Lowest in the scale among the Mayas as elsewhere in America were the slaves.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2|Hubert Howe Bancroft
He states that the traditions of the Mayas uphold this view.90 But others are not ready to admit it.The Prehistoric World|E. A. Allen