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Before 1950 is the date of the ancient period in American history. Before Christ dating (BC) was also used. The radiocarbon method is used for dating the history of the time. In order to establish the beginning of the civilization in Mesoamericans or North Americans, the period determination method was used. North Americans, Mesoamericans, and Mesoamericans settled around 2000BC after hunting and collecting. The nomadic way of life was adopted by these inhabitants, which involved moving from place to place (Coe 56). The Pleistocene period and the archaic era were characterized by constant movement from one location to another in pursuit of hunting and collecting missions. How did Mesoamericans or North Americans live before sedentary living? This question attempts to uncover the changes in ancient life. The indigenous people began to farm, which led them to live a more sedentary life and balance hunting and gathering.

MesoamericansMesoamerica is a geographical location used to describe regions stretching from north of Panama, up to central Mexico, the desert region. The coverage of the region’s indigenous peoples is more fragmented and less unified in history. Olmecs, for example, are residents of the area. The inhabitants began to live a sedentary lifestyle instead of a hunter-gatherer one. Olmecs engaged in agricultural and art activities between 1200 BC to 400 BC. The Olmecs did not abandon hunting and collecting. This was a mixture of economic activity. Hunting was a popular activity, especially when rains were not expected. The land was cleared and cultivated as soon as the rains began, so that farmers could grow crops. Maize, beans and squash were all common crops. Olmecs were involved in trading activities in North America. This led to the growth of an elite class.

Around 500 CE, the Maya were one of Mesoamerica’s inhabitants. They gave up the nomadic way of life to lead a sedentary lifestyle. Social structure was evident in how they lived. Historical records indicate that these groups originated from Asia. The migration of people to North America from Asia is mainly explained by the existence and use of a landbridge. They improved Olmec inventions, such as a mathematical system to record farm crop yields. Olmecs were also involved in the trade. The Mayas began to decline around 900 BC because of the unfavorable climate that was unsuitable for farming (Pringle 46). Spanish explorers began to arrive in the area around 1520 and discovered indigenous Maya writings and sculptures.

Aztecs and Mayas together have influenced Mesoamerican culture. Aztecs may have been Mexicas, who originally inhabited this region. The fact that they were the latest inhabitants of the region led to more signs and manifestations of civilization, which in turn led to a more structured social structure based on the need for economic unity. Even local leaders were formed.

The New Mexico region was home to many indigenous tribes that grew corn, squash and other crops. In the same region, beans were also grown. The ancient culture system used these crops together. After harvesting, the grass was burned and the seeds spread over it. The remainder of the harvest was used for food. The organization of social structures, including the selection of leaders as well as organized farming, led to the development of sedentary living among indigenous peoples. This did not signify the abandonment of hunting or gathering. It was still there. It’s just that people became more aware and organized.

North AmericansNorth America has been a part of history for thousands of years. It is believed that the original inhabitants of this area came from Southeast Asia or the Pacific region. Around 12000 BC, the landbridge that connected Alaska to Siberia was believed as a migration route. Some groups moved south, others remained up north. The fact that they look like the Mongolians in Asia is another indication that the people moved around to find food. A woodland landscape was thought to have dominated the east. In those areas, elks and deer were the dominant animals. West side possessed horses, mammoths, and camels. These regions were populated by hunters who hunted animals until they became extinct. The north was dominated by hunting, rather than gathering. Seals and fish were plentiful. They had many different foods in the area.

Around 2000 BC, there were signs of a settled life in the southwest. The village structure in the area was more organized, as evidenced by the signs. Sedentary farming and village life were more popular, particularly after people settled down in villages. The crops that were grown included squash and corn. Adena society had developed more around 1000 BC. In this area, agriculture became more developed. A village life style encouraged people to farm along the East Coast.

Small game hunting complemented subsistence agriculture. It became apparent to the inhabitants that continuing to migrate would not be worth it due to population growth. The inhabitants began a sedentary way of life. Agriculture was supposed to be a way to feed a population that was growing. This was only possible by settling down and not living a nomadic life. In villages, people were able to live in greater social harmony. It was a sign that people should live more organized lives and stick together.

ConclusionConclusively, ancient times marked the beginning of a more settled lifestyle. Mesoamericans lived a settled lifestyle with an organized social structure. However, hunting did not halt. During this period, the most common crops were corn, squashes, beans, potatoes, and other root vegetables. In the earliest days, it was believed that Asian migrants were the first to migrate into North America. It is believed that the people who migrated were Asians, following the land between North America & Asia until the two plates separated. These people began as hunters and collectors. The people ate fish, seals and other animals. With the growing population, it became necessary to create a better social structure and settle in order to feed the people. The villages were established to organize social life.


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