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Unformatted text preview: The People of the Early Americas The Americas we know today are rich and diverse continents filled with many different cultures and their respective practices and traditions. However this diversity is no chance occurrence; many different and unique cultures played their own separate roles in the formation of the continents we know today. Contrary to the teachings of first grade history, Columbus was not the first person to discover the American continent(s). In fact, long before Columbus sailed across the Atlantic, people had already made a long and strenuous journey into the western hemisphere. These people, who mainly hailed from Asia migrated east to North America by means of a huge land bridge known as Beringia. This former land mass -which has now been swallowed by the sea- was once almost 600 miles wide and served as the perfect segway between modern-day Russia and Alaska. However, after the fall of the last Ice Age, sea levels rose and severed the connection between these two continents- isolating the migrants from their ancestral homelands. For a period of thousands of years, there was very little migration to or from the Americas. Then, much later, the Norse, better known as the Vikings of Scandinavia, began to travel long distances in their innovative ships or longboats. By A.D. 874, the Norse began to occupy Iceland. occupy Iceland....
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This note was uploaded on 09/01/2008 for the course HHS 125 taught by Professor Mako during the Fall '08 term at Stevens.
- Fall '08