ARE REMNANTS OF THE
GREATEST AMERICAN INDIAN SITE
Just east of St. Louis, in Cahokia Illinois
are the Cahohia Mounds,
the largest prehistoric Indian site north of Mexico.
From 800-1000, the Mississippian culture began
as highly structured communities,
supporting populations of 20,000 people in a
complex permanent community.
Virtually the center of American Indian populations,
trade routes reached across the continent
with Cahokia at its center.
Agricultural fields surrounded the central complex
of enormous earthen mounds,
made of earth dug from pits with stone and wood tools,
and transported in baskets on people's backs.
It is estimated that over 50-million cubic feet of earth
was moved for mounds which still stand today.
By the late 1300's, Cahokia was abandoned.
Where the Cahokians went or what tribes they became
remain unanswered questions.
(Perhaps they had a drought!)