Maize Research Paper

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Maize also known as corn was most likely originated in the West Indies and South America approximately 6000 years ago. Scientists believe that maize is derived from an earlier ancestral plant called teosinte. Maize is a fast growing crop which grows in diverse conditions and produces up to two harvest per season. This coupled with the fact that it is nutritious, easy to store and easy to carry made it a staple food for most American and Caribbean cultures. Maize was a treasured and worshipped crop by the Mayans, Incas, Aztecs and Anasazi as it was domesticated over the centuries to nourished their civilizations. The Europeans found out about maize on their arrival to the Americas, they took the crop home with them and subsequently spread it
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