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A part of a chain supplying specified details at the eras of pre-twentieth century the US, this quantity contains articles masking headlines and headline makers, awards, achievements and different enlightening and interesting evidence on early American civilization.

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Life before the horse was completely different for Plains peoples because most groups lived on the fringes AMERICAN ERAS: BEFORE 16OO of the great grasslands that were home to the buffaloes. In the spring they lived in settled villages along rivers and sowed crops of corn, and in the summer they left their homes on foot to hunt buffaloes. They returned to their villages in the fall, laden with dried meat and hides, and before the onset of winter the women harvested the corn they had planted the previous spring.

Celebrating the friendship between colonists and Native Americans (New York State Museum) AMERICAS: THE PEOPLE 29 THE THREE SISTERS At roughly the same time that Asians began experimenting with domesticated wheat, Indians in south central Mexico began growing teosinte, a type of grass. Over the next several millennia teosinte began to evolve into a plant similar to modern corn. The breeding experiments led to testing other strands and seeds as well as the development of chili peppers, avocados, cotton, and other plants.

Horticulture. If the atlatl and basketry were important technological innovations, then the impact of horticulture—the cultivation of plants—can only be characterized as a revolution in lifestyle. C. The green revolution dates back more than nine thousand years to when Mesoamericans began experimenting with wild varieties of corn, beans, and squash. C. horticultural Mesoamerican societies began to flourish, and, owing to the trade networks that connected natives in the Americas, it was not long before the plants spread into North America.

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