The prehistory of the United States concerns three connected groups. Twenty to forty thousand years before the Christian era (BC), the first migrants – the Indians – came from Asia to the Americas. By the sixteenth century AD, the Europeans arriving from “the Old World” claimed the countryside for themselves. Indians and Euro-Europeans entangled themselves as ownership of land defined the life of the newcomers. The Europeans soon brought African slaves to labor. This entanglement became crucial because race is central to the United States.
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