Dec 21, 2020 · The Minoans were the first Bronze Age culture to make its mark in Europe, located on the Island of Crete. By 2.000 BCE Minoan, culture had matured into a highly sophisticated sea-faring civilization, producing beautiful frescoes, grand palaces and a society where women played a unusual dominant role for the times. Seafaring and trade. The Olmec were the first civilization in the Americas {Not the first people}. When they arrived is not known, but a guess of 8,000-4000 B.C. should do. Recent research suggests that the Olmec had their roots in early farming cultures of Tabasco, which began between 5100 BCE and 4600 BCE.. "/>Which civilization came first