09: What Caused the Hohokam Society to Collapse?

    There are multiple theories that explain why the Hohokam collapsed.  Despite the multiple theories, many support Jared Diamond’s five general vulnerabilities that contribute to societal collapse.

     
    General Vulnerabilities for Societal Collapse
    Hohokam Circumstances

    Human environmental damage

    Population surpasses carrying capacity of the land leading to environmental degradation

    Climate change

    Severe periods of flood and drought

    Hostile neighbors

    No evidence

    Loss of neighboring friendly societies

    Reduced food surpluses resulted in decreased trade that led to isolation

    Failure to adapt to vulnerabilities

    Refusal to leave canal infrastructure;

    Disputes over shared water usage fractured overarching social structure

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