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Prehistory: First Inhabitants
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Louisiana Early History
First Early Inhabitants of Louisiana
Early history examines the archaeological record that tells the story of the first inhabitants of Louisiana. Learn about the history and culture of the first inhabitants, and what lessons it might teach us about the early history of Louisiana.
Louisiana First Early Inhabitants Timeline
Early History of Native Americans in Louisiana
The Indigenous People of Louisiana
The Louisiana region was settled by Indians in prehistoric times, at least as early as 6,000 years ago. Tribes of the Muskhogean language family occupied the east-central and south-east region, Tunican tribes lived along the coast and in the northeast, and tribes of the Caddoan group inhabited the north and northwest.
The earliest inhabitants of the area we now call Louisiana were probably nomads who hunted big game as early as 10,000 years ago. Archaeologists
tell us that farming in the area began around 2,000 years ago with the cultivation of crops such as squash, sunflowers, beans and maize. Excavation
at Poverty Point reveals that a highly organized society lived there from around 700 B.C.
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