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Approximately 12,000 years ago, Paleoamericans traveled across the massive land bridge connecting Asia and North America, Beringia. This migration led to settlements in North America until Europeans started colonizing the land. The Natives, who had thousands of years of knowledge of the land, farming and hunting, helped the Europeans survive and let their colonies prosper.
But what if higher temperatures 12,000 years ago caused Beringia to melt before the Paleoamericans ever crossed it? What if there was No Native America?
- There were no Natives in America.
- Most of the OTL Native American tribes settled along the Pacific coast, such as the Chukchee tribe in eastern Siberia.
- Without Natives, animals weren't hunted, leading to overpopulation in some cases. Animals native to the Americas had no fear of humans, which meant hunting (especially beaver hunting for fur) was incredibly easy when the first Europeans arrived.
- The first European settlers to the Americas (like the Pilgrims) had difficulty surviving diseases and harsh winters.