A few, such as the Maya civilization, had their own written records.
Because many Christian Europeans of the time viewed such texts as heretical, men like Diego de Landa destroyed many texts in pyres, even while seeking to preserve native histories.
In areas of Latin America the term usually used is Pre-Hispanic.
Exactly when the first group of people migrated into the Americas is the subject of much debate.
One of the earliest identifiable cultures was the Clovis culture, with sites dating from some 13,000 years ago.
However, older sites dating back to 20,000 years ago have been claimed.
Some genetic studies estimate the colonization of the Americas dates from between 40,000 and 13,000 years ago.
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