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The People Of The Place Of Flint The history of the Mohawks in the northeastern part of the United States has been traced back more than 3000 years Their ancient ancestors were hunters and gatherers who moved often in order to follow their animal prey They probably migrated to northeastern New York between 1700 BC and 1200 BC Around 1000 BC they began developing a central base area where they lived between hunting and fishing trips and they traded with people from all over the continent Among some of the items found at the sites once inhabited by known as the Early Woodland Period of the Indian peoples of the Northeast are conch shells from the Gulf of Mexico copper from Lake Superior silver from Ontario and Canadian grizzlybear teeth from the Rocky Mountains The Middle Woodland Period began around AD 200 The people began to build larger more permanent villages near rivers Individual house were made from earth and woods were big enough for several families to live in as travel through the dense wood of their homeland the often difficult and dangerous the Indians relied on canoes for transpiration along the many rivers and lakes of the region The continued to hunt game and gather wild plants but they also began to cultivate their own sources of the food mainly by growing corn The original Native America corn planters were the people of Central America the Indians of the Northeast probably learned about corn through trade contacts with Native American people farther west More change occurred in the Late Woodland Period which Lasted from AD1000 to1300 The Indian peoples now tended to build their villages on hilltops locations were easier to defend from attack Most hilltop villages were surrounded by palisades-walls of long poles built for defense At some settlements ditches were dug outside the palisades for addition ricades were erected inside the walls Obviously warfare was not unknown to the Late Woodlands
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