The decline of the Olmecs.
Emergence of the Río Bec style of architecture in Becán, Xpuhil and Chicanná.
The Classic period starts.
Maya date recorded on stela 29 at Tikal.
Cities along the Usumacinta River, Yaxchilán, Kaminaljuyu and Piedras Negras are built.
The Maya highlands fall to Teotihuacan, and the disintegration of Maya culture and language begins in some parts of the highlands.
The Maya city of Tikal becomes the first great Maya city.
An unknown event destroys the civilization at Teotihuacan. Tikal becomes the largest Maya city with as many as 500,000 inhabitants. Palenque reaches its peak.
Pacal dies and is buried in the Temple of the Inscriptions at
Copán is conquered by Quiriguá and Copán's king is captured.
Long-standing Maya alliances begin to break down. Trade between Maya city-states declines, and inter-state conflict increases.
Toltecs invade Chichén Itzá. Oxkintok reaches its peak becoming a major power in the northern lowlands. Cobá reaches its peak and becomes a major power in the east. The beginning of the end for the southern cities as they go into major decline and many are abandoned.
Construction ceases in Tikal, marking the beginning of the city's decline.
Tikal is abandoned.
Classic Period ends, with the collapse of the southern lowland cities. Maya cities in the northern Yucatán continue to thrive. The Post-Classic begins. Comalcalco's peak.
Terminal Classic begins and lasts until 1000 A.D. This era represents the collapse of the Classic Maya, especially in the Petén and along the Usumacinta river.
The Maya tradition became mixed with the Toltec.
Decline of the Puuc region.
A conflict between Chichén Itzá, Uxmal and Mayapán starts and Chichén Itzá is destroyed. The regional goverment is moved to Mayapán.
Northern Maya cities begin to be abandoned. The Dresden Codex is written at Chichén Itzá between this date and 1250 A.D. Metallurgy appears at Chichén Itzá.
The city of Chichén Itzá is abandoned by the Toltecs and the Itzá settle in the city.
The Grolier Codex is written.
The Itzá abandon Chichén Itzá for reasons unknown.
The Itzá begin building the city of Mayapán.
Mayapán becomes the civil capital of the Yucatán.
The rebellion of Mayapán and the Xiu of Uxmal attacked Mayapan and massacre the
Mayapán is abandoned.
Iximché, Capital of the Chaquiels is created.
Spaniards Gonzalo Guerrero Jerónimo de Aguilar are shipwrecked on the easter shore of Yucatán. Guerrero marries into a Maya noble family and becomes foe of the Spaniards. Aguilar goes on to serve as interpreter for Hernán Cortés.
The Spanish, under Hernandez de Cordoba arrive on the shores of Yucatán. With the Spanish come smallpox, influenza and measles which kill 90 per cent of Mesoamerica's native populations before 1600.
Hernán Cortés begins exploring Yucatán.
Cortés meets the Itzá people, the last of the Maya people to remain unconquered. The Spanish leave the Itzá alone until the seventeenth century.
The Spanish under Francisco de Montejo begin their conquest of the northern Maya. The Maya fight back keeping the Spanish at bay for several years.
The Spanish are finally able to put an end to Maya resistance. Revolt continues, however, to plague the Spaniards off and on for the rest of the century. Tayasal becomes the last functioning Maya city, and remained independent until 1697 A.D.
The Spanish establish a capital city at Mérida in Yucatán.
The Popol Vuh is recorded by Quiché Maya rulers using Roman characters.
The Annals of Cakchiquel were written in the Cakchiquel language. They are similar in content to the Popol
The ruins of Tikal are discovered by Spanish priest Father Avedaño and his companions, who had become lost in the jungle.
The Maya of the Chiapas highlands rise against the Mexican government. The continue to do so even today.
The Spanish Crown abolishes the right to forced Maya labor, as long as they agreed to convert the Maya to Christianity.
Mexico becomes independent from Spain.
Antonío del Río's explorations of Palenque is published in London. The book raises interest in exploration of the "lost" Maya civilization.
John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood begin explorations into Maya regions.
The Yucatán Maya rise up in the "war of the castes". The rebellion is so successful that the Maya almost manage to take over the entire Yucatan peninsula.
The "talking cross" of Santa Cruz predicts a holy war against the whites. With arms supplied by the British in Belize, the Maya declare war. The fighting ends in 1901.
The Yucatán Maya rebel again.
Discovery of a jade plaque inscribed with a date of 320 A.D. by workers on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala.
Mexican government attempts to force the Maya to become laborers on plantations.
The Mexican Revolution is started by the Maya near Valladolid, Yucatan.
American Giles Healey becomes the first non-Maya ever to see
December 22nd the Maya calendar ends. According to Maya chronology the Earth awe know it is to be destroyed by catastrophic earth quakes.