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Peopling the Americas
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The Development of Civilization
QUESTIONS: Answer the questions below.
Video 1:The Development of Civilization
The Mississippian culture was probably the most advanced society that arose in North America. This culture peaked before the arrival of Europeans, and its remains can be seen all along the Mississippi River basin, particularly in the southern United States. This was a city-building society, supported by agriculture, and marked by the building of pyramid-like mounds. The mounds for which they are so famous supported buildings, either the residences of the ruler, or temples.
For more information about the Mississippian culture,follow this link or the one above.
North American Societies Around 1492
West African Societies Around 1492
European Societies Around 1492
In 1492, Columbus sailed from Spain with three ships. Two of the ships, the Niña and the Pinta were small caravels. The third ship, the Santa Maria, was a larger type of ship, a carrack, and was captained by Columbus himself. The ships were from 15 to 36 meters long.
The above ship is called a CARRACK and was much larger than the faster and more maneuverable CARAVEL. The explorer Magellan used this type of ship.