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The First Americans
The Mississippian Culture

The Mississippian Culture was another mound culture that developed about 900 AD in the Southeast and Mississippi Valley. This culture had direct ties with Mexico. They were a farming society based along fertile river flood plains. Their towns were large, flat-topped mounds with temples, large houses, and meeting places. The largest city of the Mississippian Culture was Cahokia, in western Illinois. Cahokia was built on 1,000 mounds, and had 30,000 people. The tallest mound rises 10 stories. By the time the European explorers came, the Mississippians had left Cahokia, but the explorers greatly admired the pearl, shell, and feather-decorated mounds they found there.