FIRST PEOPLE OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY

Paleo-Indians

The ancestors of the first inhabitants of the Lower Mississippi River Valley came to North America across a land bridge that connected Alaska and Siberia.

Read more 10,000 B.C.

Dalton Culture

The discovery of Dalton projectile points provided evidence for the existence of a distinct late Paleo-Indian culture.

Read more 8,000 B.C.

Archaic

The Ice Ages had ended. The earth warmed and the environment changed. Plant foods such as nuts, fruits, and seeds were abundant and the river was teeming with fish. Gone were the larger animals of a colder age, in their place deer, racoon, and turkey thrived.

Read more 7,500-500 B.C.

Poverty Point Culture

A late Archaic Indian culture has been discovered at the Poverty Point site in northeastern Louisiana.

Read more 2,000-500 B.C.

Woodland Culture

The Woodland Indians developed rich, varied social and religious systems which drew on resources from much of North America.

Read more 500 B.C.- A.D. 1650

Hopewell

The Hopewell culture, centered in present day Ohio and Illinois, had a profound influence on cultures of the Lower Mississippi Valley.

0 B.C.- A.D. 400