UncleRansom wrote:Archer wrote:Imagine a gold mine and those mining were after the rocks because they did not know what gold was.
Our American Indian a perfect example. Gold was the standard across the globe from the time of Alexander and Assyrians, Rome and Carthage, the western states, etc. The Indians pitched tents on Last Chance Gulch, one of the largest gold deposits in the world....and had no clue.
So isolated were the North American Indians. They were skilled in a canoe and other small boats....but not seafaring and thus....isolated.
Lewis and Clark encounter depravity, poverty, and starvation. The Indians do have horses....but little else. They rely on buffalo and dog, roots during the winter months.....but many when coming to greet the two Captains.....did so naked to show how poor they were. Given trinkets and friendship medals instead, many went away insulted, back to live on top of tons of gold........in utter poverty.
Imagine indeed.....an Indian Tribe building a ship..crossing an ocean or sea....and realizing their son's rock collection is worth more than the entire ship they're sailing. isolation killed the Indians.
I tend to agree that the North American populations simply didn't achieve much in the way of civilization (defined classically). To say anything more than that is a value judgment, IMO.