The Mycenaeans originally developed on mainland Greece from 1600 BC to 1100 BC. They were sometimes referred to as the first Greeks as they were the first to talk the Greek language. Mycenae was their largest city thus the culture’s name.
They started trading all throughout the areas in the Mediterranean, allowing them to build large ships that made their way in major countries such as Egypt to trade goods like wine and olive oil. The Mycenaeans took over the Minoans after their civilization weakened. When the Mycenaeans invaded the Minoans, they learned to adapt the Minoan culture such as writing, language, and art styles.