America: a narrative history by David E. Shi, George Brown Tindall

By David E. Shi, George Brown Tindall

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All of them practiced agriculture to some extent, and they frequently used canoes hollowed out of trees (“dugouts”) to navigate rivers and lakes. Most Algonquians lived in small round shelters called wigwams. Their villages typically ranged from 500 to 2,000 inhabitants. West and south of the Algonquians were the Iroquoian-speaking tribes (including the Seneca, Onondaga, Mohawk, Oneida, and Cayuga, and the Cherokee and Tuscarora in the South), whose lands spread from upstate New York south through Pennsylvania and into the upland regions of the Carolinas and Georgia.

After leaving San Salvador, Columbus continued to search for a passage to the fabled Indies through the Bahamas, down to Cuba, and then eastward to the island he named Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic), where he first found significant amounts of gold jewelry and was introduced to tobacco. Columbus learned of, but did not encounter until his second voyage, the fierce Caribs of the Lesser Antilles. The Caribbean Sea was named after them, and their supposed bad habit of eating human flesh gave rise to the word cannibal, derived from a Spanish version of their name (caníbal).

The religious leaders and warriors labored much as the rest of the people did. In fact, the Anasazi engaged in warfare only as a means of self-defense (Hopi means “Peaceful People”). Environmental factors shaped Anasazi culture and eventually caused its decline. Toward the end of the thirteenth century, a lengthy drought and the pressure of migrating Indians from the north threatened the survival of Anasazi society. 14 • THE COLLISION OF CULTURES (CH. 1) INDIANS IN 1500 When Europeans arrived in North America in the sixteenth century, as many as 10 million Indians lived on a continent crisscrossed by trails and rivers that formed an extensive trading network.

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