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The Olmecs were the first people of Mesoamerica. Mesoamerica is a geographical, historical, and cultural term. It refers to areas in Mexico and Central America. The Olmecs lived in the tropical lowlands of South-Central Mexico.\n\nMesoamericans had their own rich cultures before Spanish settlers arrived. The Olmecs were the first people to develop a complex civilization in Mesoamerica. Their society laid the foundation for the Mayan and Aztec societies that came after them. You can see the Olmec influence in the Mayan, Aztec, and even modern-day Mexican culture.