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Mississippians and American history

By |2018-11-20T10:05:20+00:00August 13th, 2017|History, Native American|

Excavation of a house at Joara The Little Ice Age The people who lived in the lower Mississippi valley (modern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama) were not doing so well around 1500 AD. The Little Ice Age of the 1400s, or some other crisis, had weakened their economic and political system. But they were farming corn and beans and [...]

Iroquois history: the Revolutionary War

By |2018-04-24T10:20:26+00:00August 13th, 2017|History|

Iroquois history: Trade beads made in Venice in the 1600s and traded in North America Iroquois trade for beads and knives When the first European traders came to the north Atlantic coast, about 1600 AD, the Iroquois were very interested in trading with them. People sold the Dutch traders lots and lots of beaver furs to make hats with, and [...]

Algonquin tribe during European colonization

By |2018-04-09T15:49:40+00:00August 12th, 2017|History, Native American|

People of the Algonquin tribe in the 1700s AD Algonquin people sold beaver furs to European traders When European traders began to buy huge amounts of North American furs to sell in Europe and China, Algonquin hunters began to trap and hunt lots of animals, especially beaver, to get their fur to sell to the European traders. The [...]

Chinook clothing – What did Chinook people wear?

By |2017-08-10T16:10:08+00:00August 10th, 2017|History|

Chinook head-shaping board (1860) Around 1500 AD, Chinook people, both men and women, wore leather leggings and long leather shirts. Women's shirts were longer than men's, and their sleeves were wider. In warm weather, people often wore less clothing, and in winter they often wrapped furs around them to keep warm. Like people in Africa, Chinook people also [...]

Inuit history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-24T09:52:08+00:00August 9th, 2017|History|

Inuit carving of a sea lion The early Inuit The Inuit lived along the eastern coast of Siberia and in Alaska, on both sides of the Bering Strait. (Some people call them the Eskimo, but that's an insulting Algonquin word for them). The Inuit fished and hunted seals and walruses and caribou. Inuit trade with [...]

Early economy of northern Europe

By |2017-06-27T00:57:36+00:00June 27th, 2017|Economy, Northern Europe|

Abrigo del Ciervo, Spain, ca. 6000 BC The first people in Europe lived by hunting and gathering; they probably had both dogs and bows and arrows to help them by the time they arrived. By the Neolithic, around 5000 BC, people also started farming a lot of their food. Around the same time, [...]