Were the Maya a peaceful people?

Until recently, scholars thought that the Maya were peaceful.

But new research into the records the Maya left behind suggests that they were often at war, often among themselves. At their height, the Maya lived in about 100 separate cities, each with its own ruler.

These cities were often trading partners, but just as frequently they were enemies of one another.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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