Show Summary Details

p. 31. The view from Cahokialocked

  • Stephen Aron

Abstract

‘The view from Cahokia’ describes a dynamic and diverse “prehistory” defined by peoples in motion, societies in flux, cultures entangling, powers competing, and realms shifting—all with important implications for the colonial trajectories that followed. Some 120 great earthen mounds at Cahokia in the Mississippi valley, spread across five square miles, had been built by ad 1100. Between ten and twenty thousand people lived in Cahokia at its peak in the twelfth century. Cahokians drew their subsistence from a combination of hunting, fishing, gathering, and the cultivation of maize, beans, and squash. The rise and fall of Cahokia is explained and the precolonial history of the migratory Indians described.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.