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At least a third of all people living in the ancient American city of Cahokia were immigrants, a new study has found.
Cahokia, situated in near Mississippi river, was the largest pre-Columbian city in North America. The Cahokia Mounds in Illinois are listed as a World Heritage site in the United States.
The ancient urban center near modern-day St. Louis was a melting pot of cultures and had people coming from the Midwest and even from Great Lakes and Gulf Coastal regions, according to Livescience.
The study, conducted by researchers at University of Illinois and colleagues, challenges the idea that Cahokia had a homogenous population derived from nearby regions.
"Increasingly archaeologists are realizing that Cahokia at AD 1100 was very likely an urban center with as many as 20,000 inhabitants," Thomas Emerson at University of Illinois and an author of the study, said in a news release. "Such early centers around the world grow by immigration, not by birthrate."
Seems that the people of those times were much more mobile than was previously believed.Not a huge suprise to me.As you know, I believe that people were much more capable of moving around the world than they are given credit for.
The Mississippi was a perfect water highway to the Gulf of Mexico, and also to near the Great Lakes and other portions of North America.To me it makes perfect sense to use that highway for trade.Having a central trading place is a terrific idea. After all don't we do that today?
Companies have a central warehouse and collect product there to distribute to areas around the warehouse. Seems that perhaps this is a very old idea. Humans haven't changed much have they?
Kinda throws out the whole "native Americans were small tribes of hunter gatherers" idea I had.
Nice find, checking out the link now
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"Smallpox is believed to have arrived in the Americas in 1520 on a Spanish ship sailing from Cuba, carried by an infected African slave. As soon as the party landed in Mexico, the infection began its deadly voyage through the continent. Even before the arrival of Pizarro, smallpox had already devastated the Inca Empire, killing the Emperor Huayna Capac and unleashing a bitter civil war that distracted and weakened his successor, Atahuallpa."
I never really believed folks were up and down the misses from north all the way down to the southern parts of our continent. And the only way I could agree is if they were selling or bartering, ect but then you look back at the tribes and the early colonies... and what we know of what the remaining people are telling us today.
Then you have the history of spain O.o derka derka I said before look to the jesuits.
Look at how the northern tribes tie us allll together now.
America is Baskin Robbins heh
Only an uninformed dumb ass would believe that Indians lived in small tribes through history. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in the late 1400s there where massive populations of native american living here in the United States.