The Maya Empire was a
collection of city-states. There was no central government. One noble family
controlled each city. Some cities
were very large. Those families had a great deal of power because they
had a large army.
Maya built hundreds of cities. Each city had a noble family in charge of
it. Control of the city passed from father to son.
there were many cities, all the Maya spoke the
same language (Mayan). They worshipped the same gods. They set up their
cities in the same way. They had the same laws. They dressed in the same
way. The cities were connected with roadways that were kept in good
head of the noble family in each city had government officials to help him
rule his city. He chose the officials. His officials could be a mix of retired warriors, elders, and
members of his family. Some of these officials acted as judges, others were in law
enforcement. There was no reason to send officials to other cities
to collect taxes, because each city-state ruled only itself. But
officials did visit other cities on government business. Cities might
team up to fight other cities. They might team up to repair the roads.
The Maya knew people in other cities. They might rule individually, but
they were an empire, one civilization.
Justice - Crimes, Courts, Punishment
Palaces, Pyramids, Temples, Ball Courts
happened to the Maya civilization?