Talk:Indigenous peoples of the Americas

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An request from WarriorsPride6565[edit]

I couldn't log on to my WarriorsPride6565 account. I got an new computer but I can't remember my password or email-address but anyway I would like to add this piece of important information, please do not prevent the truth. Allow to add this please----->" They are also related to the Amerindians. Blood tests made upon today's Ainu reveal Mongoloid ties."

Book: Proto-religions in Central Asia. Author: Charles Graves, Universitätsverlag Dr. Norbert Brockmeyer, 1994 - History - 223 pages

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Incorrect dates[edit]

In the section for European Colonization there is this line "Some 90 per cent of the native population near Massachusetts Bay Colony died of smallpox in an epidemic in 1617–1619.". Massachusetts Bay Colony didn't exist in 1617, it wasn't settled until 1630. Also, there were no Europeans in the Massachusetts area until the Mayflower landed in 1620.

Added in 2009.[1] 20:47, 1 December 2017 (UTC) Sorry, not enough tildes. Doug Weller talk 22:38, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
There were Europeans in the Massachusetts Bay area much earlier than the Mayflower, particularly fishermen and traders.

In 1578, an observer noted 100 Spanish sails, 20–30 Basque whalers, ≈150 French and Breton fishing ships, and 50 English sails along the coast of Newfoundland. English traders and fishermen had daily contact with indigenous persons but lived on ships or in segregated enclaves on land where salt-dried codfish stations (favored by the English) were built along Massachusetts Bay.

The cause of that particular "Great Dying" has been widely speculated about, but the cited source leans towards smallpox.

A disease that is thought to be smallpox sweeps through what is now the Massachusettes Bay. Nine out of ten die. The disease is thought to have been brought by a fishing crew or the crew of Thomas Hunt’s slaving expedition in 1615. Because they are so few in number, the Indian people cannot stop the Mayflower from landing in 1620.

Regards, Wasechun tashunkaHOWLTRACK 20:51, 1 December 2017 (UTC)

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Road systems across the Americas the source of major highways today?[edit]

Ortiz's book, which was not written in 1939 but 2014, says: "Native peoples left an indelible imprint on the land with systems of roads that tied nations ana communities together across the entire landmass of the Americas. Scholar David Wade Chambers writes: "The first thing to note about early Native American trails and roads is that they were not just paths in the woods following along animal tracks used mainly for hunting. Neither can they be characterized simply as the routes that nomadic peoples followed during seasonal migrations. Rather they constituted an extensive system of roadways that spanned the Americas, making possible short, medium and long distance travel. That is to say, the Pre-Columbian Americas were laced together with a complex system of roads and paths which became the roadways adopted by the early settlers and indeed were ultimately transformed into major highways.19 Roads were developed along rivers, and many Indigenous roads in North America tracked the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Columbia, and Colorado Rivers, the Rio Grande, and other major streams. Roads also followed seacoasts. A major road ran along the Pacific coast from northern Alaska (where travelers could continue by boat to Siberia) south to an urban area in western Mexico. A branch of that road ran through the Sonora Desert and up onto the Colorado Plateau, serving ancient towns and later communities such as those of the Hopis and Pueblos on the northern Rio Grande."

@Yangjulie:That's a claim that needs excellent sources and probably some examples. But the source is a lecture by David Wade Chambers. UnfortunatelyI can't see the entire url, but I see David Wade Chambers, "Native American Road Systems and Trails," Udemy, Udemy is an on-line non-credentialed course provider and fails WP:RS. If this is true then there will be plenty of academic sources for it. Doug Weller talk 14:01, 3 February 2018 (UTC)