Paleo-Indians - Native American History for Kids

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Paleo-Indian Period

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Archaeologists call the time just after people first came to North America the Paleo-Indian period. During the Paleo-Indian period, all the people in North America were nomads and got their food by hunting and gathering. Some of these people stayed in Alaska.

Other people gradually went south and east, looking for warmer weather, little by little. They hunted the mammoth as they went, and then as the mammoth became extinct they began to hunt buffalo instead. They used spears and atlatls to hunt. After a while (nobody is sure how long), some people reached Central America and then South America, while other people reached the east coast of North America.

By that time, maybe about 8,000 BC, people in North America had developed different languages, and couldn't understand each other talking anymore.

Go on to the Archaic period

To find out more about North American history before 1500, check out these books from or from your library:

North American history after 1500 AD
Early North American Government
Main North America page
Main South America page
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