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(APUSH) Ch 1 Vocab

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Cahokia
one of the largest urban centers created by Mississippian peoples, containing 30,000 residents in 1250
Transoceanic migrations
a population migration across oceans
Beringia
a subcontinent bridging Asia and North America, named after the Bering Straits
Athapascan
a people that began to settle the forests in the northwestern area of North America around 5000 B.C.E.
Clovis tradition
a powerful new and sophisticated style of tool making, unlike anything found in the Old World
Pleistocene Overkill
intensified hunting efforts brought on in response to lowered reproduction and survival rates of large animals
Archaic period
the period roughly 10,000 to 2,500 years ago marked by the retreat of glaciers
Clans
groups of allied families
Mesoamerica
the region stretching from central Mexico to Central America
Aztecs
a warrior people who dominated the Valley of Mexico from 1100 to 1521
Rancherias
dispersed settlements of Indian farmers in the Southwest
Kachinas
impersonations of the ancestral spirits by Southwest Indians