Europe and the Americas

thomas w kavanagh (tkavanag@INDIANA.EDU)
Tue, 20 Feb 1996 15:38:06 -0500

This is not to argue the basic point, which is not that "the" Americas
were 'ahead' of "the" Old World (too much lumping there), but that at, say
ca. 1000 AD *most* of Europe and *most* of the Americas were on the same
basic cultural level--minus a few technological materials (wheels, iron,
etc.)--local level political organization with some chiefdoms, local level
production and some long distance trade in prestige goods.

However, I will ask, since you mention

> Trade routes can be traced all over the
> most of the materials of Aztec Empire can be found in the
> Sioux Nation, or Inuits traded their ivories thru Navajo into Atzecs, who
> eventually turned to Incas.

Can you give specific citations to "Aztec Empire" materials (ending ca.
1520) in the "Sioux Nation," or of Inuit/Yupik/Innupiat ivories in
South America?