For the sake of my novel, what was the Amazon like in the middle ages? Culture, kings,etc. Cant seem to find much on it?
- iansandLv 711 months agoFavorite Answer
Read a book called "1491" by Charles C Mann.
Modern archaeology, particularly aerial surveying, is finding evidence of substantial settlements and connecting roads in Amazonia.
- Guru HankLv 711 months ago
There were a lot of temples because of the aliens.
- 11 months ago
They didn’t have Amazon in the Middle Ages - it hadn’t been invented yet
- 11 months ago
Yeah, you need to start by realizing the term "middle ages" is nearly useless.
After that, you might want to look at Central America, because nobody in the Amazon left written records.
Assumptions are that they were at most large chiefdoms, with exceptions such as the Marajoara culture, which you likely don't want, because that was a coastal civilization.
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- MarliLv 711 months ago
There may not be much there. If there was a great civilization in the Amazon basin in what were our Middle Ages, there would be artifacts, ruins of buildings, a mention of it in the histories of neighbouring civilizations, such as the Inca or Aztec civilizations or the Caribbean. There would be trade records and battle histories or records of other sorts of interactions between the nations.
I would accept Andrew's suggestion and search for books and papers on pre-Columbian South America. That may mean discussing things with your geography teacher, who may know who the authorities are.
- MikeLv 711 months ago
There is an interesting documentary on youtube: Amazon warriors battle German army.
- A Yahoo UserLv 711 months ago
As far as I know, there were no large or advanced civilizations in the Amazon known during this period.
The environment is not conducive to the formation of large civilizations based on stone age technology
and rather is conducive to more primitive and tribal societies.
I believe the Inca Empire included bordering regions of the Amazon jungle in its empire
but did not include large portions of the interior at all.
Conclusion: the Amazon jungle was too difficult for these stone age cultures to dominate and/or "tame".
- ?Lv 711 months ago
Honestly, very little is known about the Americas during this period. There's not a lot of accounts available from the natives, the first western contact wasn't until after the middle ages had ended, and even then it was centuries before anyone really explored the dense jungles of the amazon basin.
- AndrewLv 711 months ago
You must have some reason for wanting to set your story there, right? What is it? If you don't have a solid grasp of the geography, history and culture of a particular place, it's silly to attempt to use that place as the setting in a piece of writing. If you don't have enough information to bring your setting to life, then attempting to grind out an entire novel set there is probably not the wisest decision that you could make. Nobody who's familiar with the landscape, the peoples, their language and traditions is going to slog through hundreds of pages of inaccurate bunk.
When you say that you "can't seem to find much on it", are you referring to internet searches that are coming up empty, or are you saying that you've exhausted the stacks of your local library and watched a year's worth of nature documentaries on the region? I'm guessing it's the former. Just because you can't find what you need with the clicking of a few keys, that's no excuse to attempt to recruit other people to do your footwork for you. Talk to your local librarian. Speak with a history or geography teacher. Read books on anthropology and pre-Columbian South America. Just because a Google search doesn't provide you with heaps of information, that's no reason to outsource your research to strangers.
If you're still hitting a brick wall after that, which is very doubtful, then think about possibly shifting your story to another location.
Research is the foundation for writing an extended piece. Without a foundation, nothing will stand. Do your research.
- Anonymous11 months ago
If you can't find any info on Google, then I can sure as hell guarantee you you won't find anything here. The few history experts here do not know more than the rest of the internet, especially for such a specific and obscure topic.