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Its] Government is hereditary; it is not, however, the son of the reigning Chief who succeeds his father, but the son of his sister, or the first Princess of the blood. This policy is founded on the knowledge they have of the licentiousness of their women. They are not sure, they say, that the children of the chief ’s wife may be of the blood Royal, whereas the son of the sister of the great Chief must be, at least on the side of the mother. , The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents (Cleveland: Murrow Brothers, 1900), 68: 121–135.

Around 8,000 years ago, a second movement of peoples, now traveling by water across the narrow strait, brought the ancestors of the Navajos and the Apaches to North America. The forebears of the Aleut and Inuit peoples, the “Eskimos,” came in a third migration around 5,000 years ago. Then, for 300 generations, the peoples of the Western Hemisphere were largely cut off from the rest of the world. For centuries, the first Americans lived as hunter-gatherers, subsisting on the abundant wildlife and vegetation.

Some Native American peoples in present-day Mexico and Peru were raising domesticated crops. They gradually bred maize into an extremely nutritious plant that had a higher yield per acre than did wheat, barley, or rye, the staple cereals of Europe. They also learned to plant beans and squash with the maize, a mix of crops that provided a nourishing diet and kept the soil fertile. The resulting agricultural surplus encouraged population growth and eventually laid the economic foundation for wealthy, urban societies in Mexico, Peru, and the Mississippi River Valley.

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