Cahokia: The First City In North America

While Europe was embroiled in the the Dark Ages, bustling Cahokia featured architectural marvels, and residents sipped a black coffee-like beverage and played a game similar to bocce ball. Via Live Science:

Cahokia was a city that, at its peak from 1050-1200 A.D., was larger than many European cities, including London. Located across the Mississippi River from modern-day St. Louis, it was the largest pre-Columbian city north of Mexico. The inhabitants of Cahokia did not use a writing system, and researchers today rely heavily on archaeology to interpret it.

Cultural finds from the city include evidence of a popular game called “Chunkey” and a caffeine loaded drink. Artistic finds include stone tablets carved with images (such as a birdman) as well as evidence of sophisticated copper working, including jewelry and headdresses.

The city fell into decline after 1200 A.D., becoming abandoned by 1400. The name “Cahokia” is from an aboriginal people that lived in the area during the 17th century. Much of the city lies buried under 19th- and 20th-century developments, including a highway and the growth of the city of St. Louis.

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  • charlieprimero

    Cool beans.  Thanks J.S.

  • griezzel

    Mexico is part of North America, people.

  • bignewsw

    Mexica stretched as far over as Nicaragua and as far north as Alaska

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    What a bunch of bullshit!
    Everyone knows North America was virtually uninhabited til ‘Merkins arrived.
    Sure there were a few savage Indians running around that had to be exterminated,
    but otherwise it was empty and waiting for God’s choose people to come.
    I learned that in school and I knows it true.

    • Calypso_1

      Mormon Archaeologists have proven that scimitar wielding Semites arrived in the New World after the fall of the Tower of Babel.  We of course know all the Indians were actually Lamanite Jews who wrote in a Hebrew derived script and were converted to Christianity by Jesus himself…but they then forgot all about him requiring the arrival of a man who claimed to find treasure by putting rocks in his hat.  And into his bed many young virgins were lain, but none were negroes for they have the Mark of Cain. And unto us was born Willard Romney.  Heil Kolob.

  • Littlemisteramerica

    If they didn’t have a writing system, how do we know their game was called “Chunkey”? Sounds like a load of “chunky” shit.

    • Calypso_1

      Stupid fucking whiteman.
      Because the game was still being played by tribes when European contact occurred and that was what it was called as transliterated into the written language of the white man.

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