The Mayan civilization had territory in what is today known as southern Mexico and the northern parts of Central America, including the land now occupied by the nations of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. This Mesoamerican civilization's lands extended to both the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, with lands in what is now known in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
The Mayan territory that stretched as far north as the Yucatan Peninsula included land that is now known as the Mexican states of Chiapas, Yucatan Tabasco and Campeche. This civilization flourished from about 2500 B.C.E. to 1500 C.E., at which point the civilization was destroyed by the Spanish.