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Importantly, the whole concept of 'ownership' of land was alien to them and remained so till the end of the Indian Wars in the 1890's.Although agriculture was known and widely practiced, it had not replaced foraging and hunting which they still depended on and which encouraged a more personal relationship between people and the land they lived on.The Mississippian culture (900 AD - 1,700 AD), which extended throughout the Ohio and Mississippi valleys and built sites throughout the Southeast, created the largest earthworks in North America north of Mexico, most notably at Cahokia, on a tributary of the Mississippi River in present-day Illinois.
The latest this migration could have taken place is 12,000 years ago; the earliest remains undetermined.
In the sixteenth century, the earliest Spanish explorers encountered Mississippian peoples in the interior of present-day North Carolina and the Southeast.
There have been many dubious stereotypes afforded the American Indians, but the simple truth is that when Europeans first encountered them, they were still operating (successfully) on a tribal level and the continent had never been governed as a single nation.
People did not live there year round, but for the summer to hunt and fish, and to gather food supplies for the winter. Poverty Point is a 1 square mile (2.6 km) complex of six major earthwork concentric rings, with additional platform mounds at the site.
Artefacts show the people traded with other Native Americans located from Georgia to the Great Lakes region.