When did people reach California?
Some of these people kept on going south and reached Central America and then South America. Some moved inland, fishing out of Lake Tahoe and other lakes instead of in the ocean. Others stopped in California, where they did very well.
Californian Native economy
Soon many people lived in California. They didn’t live in cities, though. Californian people lived in small groups of about a hundred people, a few related families. They were fishers and hunters and gatherers. They wove baskets.
Acorns and pine nuts
California people used controlled fires to encourage plants to grow where and how they wanted them. That’s a kind of farming. Some of these early California people were related to the Ute and Aztec people further east and south.
Californians get bows and arrows
Around 3000 BC, people in California learned about bows and arrows, probably from the Chinook to their north. Possibly around 1300 AD, some Athabascan people came to live in California. They may have moved south because of the Little Ice Age,
How many people lived in California?
By this time, California was the most crowded part of North America other than the Aztecs in Mexico. About a third of all the people in what is now the United States lived in California.