Tuesday jan12 - Tuesday January 12, 2010 The Politics of...

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Tuesday January 12, 2010 The Politics of Pre-Columbian American History o 95 % of history took place before Columbus arrival o 4 Main Questions o Where did first Americans come from? o Traditional story, they came across the bering strait from Asia,- known from incisor shoveling, people from Siberia and Native Americans share similar dental features. o Bering strait is 56 miles across. Water is 26 miles across. During last ice age sea level dropped exposing the Beringia( 600 to 1000 miles wide) ,which is how the first people crossed over. o They believe about 25 people migrated across. o However a skull shape ( Kennewick Man, found in Washington state several years ago 8) had features that were not Eastern Siberian , European features instead, suggests that people came from elsewhere. o In the traditional story there was an ice free corridor that they could migrate through; however, there wasn’t an ice corridor around that time (16,000 to 17, 000 years ago), when evidence points out that people were there. o Proposed migrations routes mid continental route - via bBering strait, coastal route- sailed along the coast of Africa Pacific route- sailed across the Pacific, there were camp sites on south America Atlantic route- similar spear points to those found in Spain, they sailed along the
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2011 for the course HIST 2111 taught by Professor Winship during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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