1. Investigate: What is the difference between a physical and a political map? Look at the
map “Native American Peoples, c. 1500.”According to the map legend, which of the
cultural groups would have engaged in agriculture? Did most trade routes run North/South
or East/ West? What is the most plausible explanation for this? On the eve of European
contact, Native American tribes spread across the North American continent and
encompassed a range of different cultures, languages, and religious beliefs. Trade goods
exchanged among these diverse groups furnished avenues of communication across the
continent. According to this map, which geographic features presented barriers to trade?
Which geographic features would have facilitated trade?