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Sojourner Truth – African-American freedom

By |2018-04-07T17:05:48+00:00August 14th, 2017|History, North America|

Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth didn't know where her people came from, because she was born into slavery. But it was probably West Africa or the Congo. She may have been part Native American. Sojourner Truth was born Isabella Baumfree in New York State, in 1797, just after the Revolutionary War. She had about ten brothers and sisters; they [...]

Shawnee and Tecumseh – American history

By |2018-04-08T21:33:38+00:00August 14th, 2017|History, Native American|

A Shawnee cooking pot (ca. 1500 AD) The Shawnee people probably first suffered from contact with European explorers and traders shortly after 1500 AD. That's when they caught measles from their Iroquois and Mississippian neighbors. Many Shawnee died. There were fewer Shawnee people than there had been before. Shawnee people kept on living in villages, but the villages seem to have [...]

Early Sioux history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:40+00:00August 10th, 2017|History, Native American|

Mound on Lake Marion, Santee River (thanks to Wikipedia) About 800 AD, ancestors of the Sioux people probably lived in the south-eastern part of North America, around where South Carolina is now. Like the Mississippians to their west, they built earth mounds, and probably they also farmed corn and beans and sunflowers. Around 1000-1300 AD, a global warming period encouraged [...]

Early Mandan history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:36+00:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|

Shawnee state forest in Ohio - where the Mandan were living in 500 AD The Mandan were relatives of the Sioux people. Around 500 AD, they probably lived in the Midwest of North America, in what is now Ohio. Like their Sioux relatives, and like the Mississippians to their south, the Crow to their west and the Shawnee to their east, the Mandan [...]

Hopewell history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-08T11:23:04+00:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|

Hopewell Mound in Ohio About 200 BC, people - including the Adena people - formed a culture called the Hopewell culture (named after a farm where archaeologists first dug it up). These people lived in the Northeast and Midwest of North America (from modern New York to Missouri and from Wisconsin to Mississippi). Nobody knows for [...]

Adena history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-21T12:09:34+00:00August 8th, 2017|History, Native American|

Adena Great Serpent Mound, Ohio (700 BC - 200 AD) People called the Adena lived along the Ohio river valley (in modern Ohio) during the Early Woodland period, beginning about 700 BC. These people were too far north to grow corn yet at this time. They probably chose leaders in a "big man" system. [...]