North America 3500 BCE

Hunter-gatherer cultures cover most of North America.

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What is happening in North America in 3500BCE

According to most scholars, the peoples of North America came from Asia in c. 10,000 BCE, probably crossing the Bering Straight during the last Ice Age when sea levels were lower than they are today.

By 3500 BCE they populate the continent, divided amongst a variety of hunter-gatherer cultures, each adapted to its own regional environment.

The only place in North America where the farming way of life can be found is in Mexico, where maize is by now fully domesticated. Even here, the people derive much of their diet from hunting small game.

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