United States of America

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The earliest inhabitants of the North American continent can be traced back to Palaeolithic times. The Pueblo culture in modern-day Colorado and New Mexico flourished from the 11th to the 14th century AD. In the 12th century permanent settlements appeared in the east where cultivation and fishing supported major fortified towns. The first Europeans to make their presence felt were the Spanish, based in Florida before venturing north and west. Santa Fe in New Mexico was founded in 1610. By the mid-17th century there was competition from the French centred on Quebec.


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