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Who were the Aztec? Central American history

By |2019-03-04T12:08:30-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, Where|

Aztec brazier (about 1300 AD) Mexica people move to Mexico Beginning in the 1100s AD, the Medieval Warm Period seems to have made it too hard to live where the Mexica were in North America. So the Mexica people moved south to what is now Mexico. The Mexica were relatives of the Shoshone and Ute people who lived in the Rocky [...]

The Shoshone fight the United States

By |2018-05-17T16:30:44-07:00August 14th, 2017|History, Native American|

Shoshone history: a Shoshone woman and baby The Shoshone get horses After the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 AD, some Shoshone people in Wyoming bought horses. These horse-riders split off from the other Shoshone and became the Comanche. At that point, Shoshone history becomes separate from Comanche history. (Read more about the Comanche) The rest of the Shoshone still [...]

The Paiute fight the United States

By |2018-09-24T06:56:08-07:00August 13th, 2017|History, Native American|

The Paiute fight back - Sarah Winnemucca was a Paiute activist. The Paiute get horses At first the Paiute didn't see any of the Spanish invaders who conquered the Pueblo people around 1500 AD, but they still felt the effects of the invasion. Early history of the Paiute  Spanish demands for workers led the Navajo and the Ute to made raids into Paiute land [...]

Nez Perce and smallpox – American history

By |2019-03-27T06:55:50-07:00August 13th, 2017|History, Native American|

Nez Perce girls When did the Nez Perce meet Europeans? Because the Nez Perce lived pretty far from the Pacific Coast, they didn't meet European travelers until the 1700s AD. That was more than two hundred years later than the Iroquois and Cherokee, and even later than their Chinook and Shoshone neighbors. Early Nez Perce history More about the Shoshone [...]

Mandan and Sacagawea – American history

By |2017-08-13T17:54:38-07:00August 13th, 2017|History, Native American|

A Mandan village in 1832 Around 1500 AD, Mandan women began to build round houses, or lodges, instead of rectangular ones. They also started using bison skin tipis when they were travelling or hunting. By the 1600s, the Mandan were probably already catching European diseases like measles and smallpox from their Sioux and Mississippian neighbors, even though they hadn't met any Europeans yet. [...]

Lewis and Clark – American history

By |2017-08-13T17:28:54-07:00August 13th, 2017|History, North America|

Lewis and Clark In 1804 AD, the Sioux people received a visit from official representatives of the newly formed United States government. The visitors' names were Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Both of them had already killed many Native Americans. Mostly they had killed Shawnee. They were fighting to take Shawnee land in the Appalachians. The Sioux didn't [...]

Comanche history – Native Americans

By |2019-04-17T21:19:11-07:00August 12th, 2017|History, Native American|

Comanche women (1800s) From Shoshone to Comanche Pueblo people captured Spanish horses in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 AD, and they sold some of those horses to the Shoshone, in what is now Wyoming. Who were the Shoshone? Native Americans get horses All our American History articles The Shoshone who had horses split off from the other [...]

Early Shoshone history – Native Americans

By |2018-05-17T14:44:28-07:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|

Snake River, where the early Shoshone fished. Where did the Shoshone come from? The Shoshone people's ancestors were the Cochise culture. They lived in the southwest of North America about 8000 BC. With the end of the last Ice Age, the southwest got too dry to support everybody, and the culture split up. Related [...]

Pueblo history – Anasazi – Native Americans

By |2019-01-25T06:05:57-07:00August 9th, 2017|History, North America|

Anasazi (Pueblo) pit house Anasazi people Pueblo people (sometimes called the Anasazi) started to build mud-brick houses for themselves in the south-west part of North America (modern Colorado, northern Arizona, and New Mexico) about 100 BC, during the Middle Woodland period (the time of the Han dynasty in China, and the Roman republic in Europe). At this point archaeologists call [...]