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North of Mexico the pre-Colombian settlement of Cahokia was the most influential and intricate Native American community in North America A society of mound builders which endured from about 9500 BC to 1400 AD they set up a massive trading center complete with their own types of governing bodies architecture religion sophisticated farming and local specialties In one way or another the Cahokian culture touched even the far reaches of the present day United States from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes from the Atlantic coast to Oklahoma all from its central location in the Mississippi region It is for these reasons that Cahokia was a superior power in the New World before the Europeans came and even now can be considered important and mighty The first factor that indicates the might of the Cahokian culture is the great structures of earth that they created for public buildings residences of the nobility religious purposes and as burial ground These mounds 120 in number were built on an area exceeding five square miles and usually were between six and twelve feet in height The largest mound however named Monks mound for the colony of Trappist monks who later tried colonize atop the construction covers today 14 acres at the base and rises 100 feet in height What is even mightier about this mound which happens to be the largest pre-historic earthen structure in the New World is that it took over 19 million hours of labor to complete and that it was done all by hand The 22 million cubic feet of dirt it took to form the mound was deposited in stages from about 900 to 1200 AD The greatness that is Monks mound was probably used for governing ceremonies and for the Cahokian leaders living spaces and burial plots Another remarkable mound in Cahokia simply called Mound 72 was designed by the Cahokians so that one end of it faced the rising
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