The story

The First Peoples of America and the Indians of Brazil


Long before the arrival of Christopher Columbus, America was already occupied by various peoples, who lived in various forms, ranging from tribal organization - like the peoples that inhabited the region where today is Brazil - to vast empires, as was the case. Aztecs, which were located in the region known as Mesomeric.

Many of these civilizations disappeared as a result of colonization, which began in the late fifteenth century, but left historical legacies that have marked our continent to this day.

The Aztecs and the Maya knew the writing and regularly recorded their daily lives. The Incas, in turn, created an interesting and efficient counting system: the kipo. This instrument was made of colored strings, where each color represented the count of something. With the type, they recorded and added the crops, inhabitants and taxes. Even with all development, these people did not develop a writing system.

Unfortunately, much of the documents produced before 1492, which could reveal to us many aspects of their way of life, were destroyed by the conquerors, and in their place were reports made by Europeans, who, for the most part, saw American culture as inferior. to the European one. Nowadays, archeology has made several discoveries that allow to clarify a little more the culture of the first inhabitants of America.

Agriculture in Pre-Columbian America

The agricultural development of the Pre-Colombian societies can be compared to the European one, as it was developed more than 7000 years ago, based on corn, pumpkin and bean crops, all native to America, besides cassava, which was planted in the areas of tropical forest. The development of crops other than these was limited, as few were domesticated animals that lent themselves to work.

Aztecs

Mayans

Incas

Indians