As you learned in this chapter, Native Americans established organized societies centuries before European explorers landed in North America. In the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys, Native Americans built enormous complexes of earthen mounds where they worked as farmers, sophisticated traders, and skilled metalworkers. These busy cities flourished along the Mississippi and its tributaries for hundreds of years. However, by the time Spanish explorer De Soto sailed the Mississippi in 1541, the mound cities were deserted, overgrown, and silent. Today few of the thousands of mounds built in the Mississippi Delta remain. Log on to this Web site to discover what archaeologists have learned about the ancient Mississippian culture.
Destination Title: Ancient Architects of the Mississippi
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Start at the Ancient Architects of the Mississippi Web site.
- Browse through the site, taking notes as you go.
Read through the information, and then answer the following questions.