What is acacia?
The name acacia is given to a group of hundreds of different trees and shrubs. Acacia trees are known for their ___LEAVES___. They ___ARE_DIVIDED___ into many small leaflets. This makes them look feathery or fernlike.
Acacias have small, often fragrant, yellow or white flowers. Acacias have different ways of protecting themselves. Their leafstalks may have sharp thorns which keep animals from ___EATING___ the branches.
In the 1400s and early 1500s, the Aztec people controlled a vast empire in the area that is now central and southern Mexico. The Aztec ruled ___THEIR___ empire from the great capital, Tenochtitlán.
It ___WAS_LOCATED___ on the site of what is now Mexico City.
The capital reflected the empire’s power and wealth, with its gleaming white palaces and temples. The Spanish conquest of the city in 1521 marked the end of the Aztec Empire. The Indians ___LIVING___ in the Mexico City region today, however, are largely descendants of those whom the Spanish conquered.
New Zealand: history
What do you know about the history of New Zealand? Maoris were the ___FIRST___ inhabitants of New Zealand, arriving to the islands in about 1000. Maori oral history maintains that the Maoris came to the island in seven canoes from other parts of Polynesia.
In 1642, New Zealand ___WAS_EXPLORED___ by Abel Tasman, a Dutch navigator.
British captain James Cook made three voyages to the islands, ___BEGINNING___ in 1769. Britain formally annexed the islands in 1840.