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Introducing a new series. Things you were never taught in school about native Americans. I hope to impart some glimpse at false history and have some fun educating people as well. These will most likely be short and scattered randomly. I will do two today because I want to start the series off right. This will be all for today. Until next week!

Fact #14

Native Americans wear the first in the world to exit the stoneage.

Native Americans were the world’s first to work with metals.

If you believe your history books. American Indian people were living in Stone Age culture at the time of conquest. This is as far from factual as you could get.

Although the polar Inuit near Baffin Bay did use meteorites to make iron blades, for the most part, other American Indians did not work with iron (a prerequisite for entering the Iron Age). American Indians did begin making metal tools before Europeans did. The people of the Old Copper Culture in the Great Lakes region of North America 7,000 years ago are considered by many scientists to have been the oldest metal workers in the world. They developed annealing to strengthen the tools they made.

Pre-Columbian metal workers invented sophisticated techniques for working with other metals. Pre-contact metallurgists learned how to work with platinum, a metal that has the extremely high melting point of 3218 degrees by developing a technique called sintering. Europeans were unable to work platinum until the 19th century more than 2000 years after native Americans learned to work with platinum.

Metal workers in other parts of the Americas knew how to solder, could make foil and used rivets to fasten pieces of metal together.

Still sound like the stone ages?