By James A. Henretta
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By planting new strains of maize and beans, the Mississippian peoples produced an agricultural surplus. They then built small, fortiﬁed temple cities, where a robust culture developed. By 1150, the largest city, Cahokia [ka-HO-kee-ah], near presentday St. Louis, boasted a population of 15,000 to 20,000 and more than one hundred temple mounds, one of them as large as the great Egyptian pyramids. As in Mesoamerica, the tribute paid by peasant farmers supported a privileged class of nobles and priests who waged war against neighboring chiefdoms, patronized artisans, and claimed descent from the Sun God.
How did this happen? How did Europeans become leaders in world trade and create an economically integrated Atlantic World? What made Native Americans vulnerable to conquest by European adventurers? And what led to the transatlantic trade in African slaves? In the answers to these questions lie the origins of the United States. 6 “ C H A P T E R 1 The Emergence of an Atlantic World: Europe, Africa, and America, 1450–1620 u 7 Native American Societies When the Europeans arrived, most Native Americans — about forty million — lived in Mesoamerica (present-day Mexico and Guatemala) and along the western coast of South America (present-day Peru); another seven million resided in lands to the north, in what is now the United States and Canada.
The Church devised a religious calendar that transformed pagan agricultural festivals into Christian holy days. The winter solstice, which for pagans marked the return of the sun, became the feast of Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Christ. To avert famine and plague, Christianized peasants no longer made ritual offerings to nature; instead, they offered prayers to Christ. The Church also taught that Satan, a lesser and wicked supernatural being, was constantly challenging God by tempting people to sin.
America: A Concise History, 4th edition (Volumes I & II combined) by James A. Henretta