Advanced Civilizations in Pre-Columbian Caribbean?

The recent discovery of jade mines in Guatemala may challenge the idea that the only "true" civilizations that existed in the New World before the arrival of Columbus were those of Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Scientists believe it is likely that jade axes found on Antigua in the 1990s were made from material mined by the Maya in present-day Guatemala. This suggests that the people living on Antigua (and throughout the Caribbean) may not have been as primitive as previously thought.

Trade between the people of the Caribbean and the mainland would have required quite a sophisticated system of sea-trade, and artifacts found in both areas support the idea that such a trade network existed.

For more on this story, please see the full article at National Geographic.

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