The Mayan and Haitian civilizations are very similar because of the fact that they have collapsed or are on the verge of collapsing. They both had times when they were prospering and at their peak and when they were struggling and approaching collapse. Although, there are some differences that are the determining factors as to which society is more successful. The Maya empire was one of the most dominant native societies of Mesoamerica. They were great innovators and were at their peak around the 6th century AD. No one is really sure what led to their collapse, but there are many theories. In the 17th century, Haiti became a rich colony of France. The natives there revolted against the French and gained independence in 1804. The civilization has been troubled ever since with many ongoing issues and some bad luck. Without a doubt, the Mayan civilization was more successful than Haiti because they traded more with friendly partners, had less encounters with hostile neighbors, and were better at using resources. The Mayans were more successful than the Haitians because they traded more with friendly neighbors. Trade in the Maya civilization was a crucial factor in maintaining their cities. Economic activities were centered primarily around foods, raw materials, manufactured goods, and luxury goods. Types of trade varied greatly in each region with specific kingdoms specializing in a specific trade. Areas were typically given a selected specialty based upon the resources available in their areas which allowed for very rapid production and distribution. Haiti was not able to trade as much because they had few resources to trade. They had exhausted many of their valuable resources. Also, all of the French ships that brought slaves to Haiti returned to Europe with cargos of Haitian timber (Diamond, 340). This caused Haiti’s lowlands to be largely stripped of timber by the mid-19th century. The Mayans had a system of trading that worked, but the Haitians were not able to do the same. Besides using resources more efficiently, the Maya Empire was more successful than Haiti because they had less encounters with hostile neighbors. Mayans did not encounter any hostile neighbors other than the Spaniards. Rather, they had many internal conflicts between rival city-states. The Maya civilization remained politically divided among small kingdoms that were perpetually at war with each other, and they never became unified into large empires (Diamond, 165). Unfortunately, the ongoing civil wars between the kingdoms were one of the main causes of the society’s collapse. In the early years of the Haitian civilization, many European powers, such as Spain and France were interested in colonizing the area. Eventually, France claimed the land and controlled it for about 150 years. The Haitian slaves revolted twice against the French in 1791 and 1801. In 1804, France gave up and abandoned Haiti (Diamond, 335). Haiti was controlled by another country for a long period of time while the Mayans were never controlled by another civilization. Above all, the Maya were more successful than the Haitians because they were better at using resources. When it comes to…
Chilean Copper Mine Collapse
R Victoria Dennis
May 26, 2014
This paper addresses the collapse of the Chilean copper mine and the company's response to the collapse. It first drafts an announcement directed at the families of the trapped workers expressing concern and urgency. The reassurance of a concerted rescue effort is stressed in order to show support for the families and their concerns. The draft is an emotional appeal, not one filled with technical…
Chile mine collapse. (2010, August). Facts about the amazing survival story
When writing about an event like this there are many factors to consider about the audience. The first main factor would be in my opinion the potential relationship of the readers to the miners in the accident. You would have to consider that anyone reading the article might have a personal feeling or relationship with the information that is supplied. To not take this into account would be a good way to offend your…
borrowers who could not afford them. The main factors that brought the crisis to a head were the housing market bubble, increased debt in the economy and the lack of regulation in the economy.
The catalyst of the financial crisis of 2007-2008 was the collapse of the housing market. From 1997 to 2006 the value of homes rose by 85%, an increase in value never before seen in history. (83) Buyers were willing to pay higher prices for homes and take out larger mortgages because they thought the values of the…
The collapse of the autocratic Kaiserreich
The Kaiserreich was autocratic in nature; this meant that the Kaiser had ultimate power over Germany. Although a Parliament (the Reichstag) was established, there was no parliamentary Government – all ministers were appointed by the Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Pressure from German public:
At the beginning of World War One, German citizens rallied to support their nation. In 1916, however, discontent was growing in Germany as the death rate soared and shortages…
The Collapse of the Arab Spring Dream: A Call for a Transnational
Response to the absence of Secular Institutions
It is very difficult to define authority, and the history of human civilization is riddled with this question: How do we dictate “political” authority? Some believe that it is the state that controls the legitimate political hegemony. Others believe it is in hands of the people, but for a long portion of human history civilizations have used religion to construct an authority…
As described by The Casual Truth and the article “Over 30 Workers Trapped After Chilean Copper Mine Collapse”, on August 5, 2010, The Northern Copper and Gold Mine Facilities in San Jose, Chile experienced a catastrophic cave-in of one of their mines. There were thirty-three workers trapped and for several months and there was no definitive confirmation on the status of their health. Food and water was very limited yet they were survivors capable of adapting and overcoming their harsh…
How far was the collapse of the Liberal state caused by the First World War?
Italy had been a Liberal state since its unification in 1861 and would stay that way until Benito Mussolini became prime minister in 1921. He would rule constitutionally until 1925 but then he set up a legal dictatorship and became 'Il Duce'. World War I was a key factor in its collapse because Italy suffered heavy defeats and the people saw it as a 'mutilated victory' and blamed the politicians for not being strong enough…
happened during the Classic period which thereafter seen the mystical collapse of Maya empire ( Maya civilization, n.d.), so the purpose of this research paper is to give some basic concepts about Maya civilization and to demonstrate a number of explanations of Maya collapse in the Classic period through three sections: Maya civilization through three periods of time, Maya successful achievement and rationales behind the collapse of Maya empire in end of the Classic era (250 AD to 900 AD).
Napoleon’s Empire Collapses
I. Introduction - (Brief comment leading into subject matter - Thesis statement on the reasons why Napoleon’s empire collapsed)
II. Body – Napoleon’s success and the process of the downfall, the reasons why the empire collapsed
A. Napoleon’s story
1. Napoleon’s success
a. Napoleon rose through the army
b. Napoleon defeated Coalitions and became the emperor
2. The process of…
Chilean Copper Mine Collapse
Disaster Strikes a Chilean Mine
On August 5, 2010, employees of Minera San Esteban Primera woke up, stretched out, bathed, ate breakfast, and walked around their assuredly modest homes. They said their casual goodbyes to family as they headed off to yet another dark day at work deep in the San Jose copper mine in northern Chile. Little did they know it would be the last time for nearly two months they would see the light of day. These same blessings…