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Ancient Native American Civilizations. Native Americans originally came from Asia. During the Ice Age, Asia and America were connected by a land bridge. . 20,000 years ago, people must have walked across the land bridge while following herds of animals. Their journey must have been difficult.

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native americans originally came from asia
Native Americans originally came from Asia.
  • During the Ice Age, Asia and America were connected by a land bridge.
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20,000 years ago, people must have walked across the land bridge while following herds of animals.
there was so much food in the americas that most people never needed to farm
There was so much food in the Americas that most people never needed to farm.
  • They could hunt, fish, and gather more than they needed.
  • For this reason, civilization was slow to come in some places.
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They had few domesticated animals such as cows, pigs, or chickens.
  • Some Native American farmers had turkeys or llamas.
  • Native Americans grew corn, potatoes, squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, chocolate, tobacco, and beans. The rest of the world did not have these crops until after 1492.
  • Some Native Americans learned how to make clothing from cotton.
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  • Where did the first Americans come from?
  • How did they come to America?
  • Why were some Native Americans slow to start farming?
  • What did Native American farmers have?
  • What did Native American farmers not have?
the first native american civilization was the olmec
The first Native American civilization was the Olmec.
  • The Olmec started in Mexico in 1300 B.C. The Olmec built giant temples and statues. Their civilization lasted over a thousand years.
another ancient native american civilization in mexico was the maya
Another ancient Native American civilization in Mexico was the Maya.
  • They Maya were strongest between 250 B.C. and 800 A.D.
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The Maya built huge cities and pyramids. They used boats to trade with people all over the Americas. They wrote books to record their history. They studied the sun, moon, and stars very carefully.
the inca civilization was special
The Inca civilization was special.
  • They took care of all the people well. People were equal. There were no poor people.
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One Native American civilization called the Moundbuilders lived in the part of the Americas that is the United States today.
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Not much is known about them, but they built large mounds of earth to use as tombs for their leaders. The mounds were so large that they looked like large hills. Some are in the shapes of giant snakes or birds.
another civilization of north america was the pueblo
Another civilization of North America was the Pueblo.
  • The Pueblo built their cities in the sides of cliffs in the desert.
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