Visual Timeline: Olmec Civilization

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2700 BCE: Corn is first cultivated in Mesoamerica.
 
 
1200 BCE: The Olmec civilization springs from the grouping of ancient villages along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
 
 
1200 BCE: San Lorenzo becomes the great ceremonial centre of the Olmec civilization.
 
 
1200 BCE - 400 BCE: The Olmec civilization flourishes in Mesoamerica.
 
 
900 BCE: The centre of San Lorenzo is detroyed and monuments are defaced. La Venta becomes the Olmec capital.
 
 
300 BCE - 400 BCE: La Venta is destroyed, monuments are defaced and the Olmec civilization ends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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