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The First Americans
Ancient Indian Cultures in North America

Several different Indian cultures "colonized" and developed in the different regions of what is now the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

In the Southwest desert areas, the people began raising corn and squash 4,000 years ago. Later, they began to grow beans to develop what the Indian people called the "Three Sisters" – corn, squash, and beans.

The Hohokam

The Hohokam people probably moved from Mexico to central Arizona in about 300 BC. They dug canals to get water to their crops, some 30 miles long. For unknown reasons, the Hohokam culture broke up in the 1400s.   [more]