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9 09, 2017

Norte Chico history – South America

By |2018-11-09T08:31:23-07:00September 9th, 2017|History, South America|1 Comment

Norte Chico building: Stepped platform at Caral (ca. 2200 BC) When did people first reach Peru? People probably first arrived in Peru about 13,000 BC. They were following the Pacific coast south from North America. More about Native Americans More South America articles Like the people who settled Brazil, on the other side of South America, around [...]

9 09, 2017

Who were the Mapuche? South American history

By |2019-04-01T08:49:16-07:00September 9th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Changos whale hunt, El Madano, ca. 1000 AD When did people first reach Chile? There were probably people living in Chile (a narrow strip of land in South America between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean) by around 12,000 BC. They came south with their dogs along the coast of South America, either walking or in [...]

9 09, 2017

Who were the Inca? South American history

By |2019-09-12T05:07:04-07:00September 9th, 2017|History, South America|0 Comments

Inca history: Macchu Picchu Before the Inca Until the 1400s AD, the Pacific coast of South America was made up of a lot of small independent kingdoms. First the Valdivia and Norte Chico people lived there. Then the Moche, the Chavin and the Mapuche took over. Who were the Norte Chico people? Who were the Moche? And the Mapuche? South [...]

9 09, 2017

Who were the Guarani? South American history

By |2019-07-26T21:14:43-07:00September 9th, 2017|South America|0 Comments

Guarani people performing a dance in the 1800s The Tupi move south When the first Tupi people expanded their territory from Central America to reach the coast of Brazil about 900 BC, some of them kept on moving south along the Atlantic coast. Early history of Brazil South American history All our South America articles From [...]

9 09, 2017

Who were the Chavin? South American history

By |2019-03-20T21:43:54-07:00September 9th, 2017|South America|0 Comments

Chavin stone carving From Norte Chico to Chavin By around 900 BC, the Norte Chico people of northern Peru developed into the Chavin culture. Like the earlier Norte Chico people, the Chavin people used irrigation to farm potatoes, tomatoes, peanuts, and hot chili peppers. Who were the Norte Chico people? What about Valdivia further north? History of potatoes All our South America [...]

8 09, 2017

Brazil’s early history – South America

By |2019-02-22T05:09:58-07:00September 8th, 2017|History, South America|0 Comments

Venus of Santarem (Brazil, ca. 1400-1000 BC) When did people get to Brazil? The first people probably arrived on the Atlantic coast of South America about 15,000 BC. Probably a second wave of people followed them around 11,000 BC. People reach the Americas Brazil and colonization All our South America articles How did they get there? [...]

8 09, 2017

Who are the Arawak? – South American history

By |2019-01-30T10:01:58-07:00September 8th, 2017|History, South America|0 Comments

Arawak history: Arawak family in Trinidad, ca. 1500 AD The Arawak arrive in Venezuela The Arawak probably first arrived in South America with the second wave of people, around 15,000 BC. They were probably fishing people with canoes or boats, travelling south along the Atlantic coastline following the fish. History of fishing South American history All our South [...]

8 09, 2017

Central and South American food

By |2018-04-19T15:03:08-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, Food, South America|0 Comments

Aztec men sharing a meal When people first came to Central and South America, perhaps about 15,000 BC, they hunted and gathered all of their food. They picked wild potatoes, wild teosinte (the ancestor of corn), wild beans and wild tomatoes and avocados. They hunted rabbits and llamas and turkeys, and fished in the rivers and the ocean. For fun, they probably fermented teosinte and other plants into [...]

8 09, 2017

History of Brazil – Brazil and colonization

By |2019-02-22T06:00:17-07:00September 8th, 2017|History, South America, Where|0 Comments

History of Brazil: The Tapuia people, ca. 1650 (by Albert Eckhout) Tupi war with Tapuia In the late 1400s AD, the Tupi people had just won a big war with the Tapuia people. They had gotten control of the Atlantic coast of South America (modern Brazil). They forced most of the Tapuia people inland. So the [...]

11 08, 2017

American food history – tacos to… tacos!

By |2018-04-24T09:45:59-07:00August 11th, 2017|Food, North America|0 Comments

People eating in Virginia, about 1550 AD (from the British Museum) Native American food In 1500 AD, most of the people living in North America, like the Pueblo, the Cherokee, the Iroquois, and the Mississippians, ate mainly beans and corn and squash. Sometimes people ate their corn baked into tacos or tortillas; other times people boiled corn into mush or soup. To go with [...]