Pre-Columbia Texas Trivia
What do you know about
Alan's State by State Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.
Texas lies at the juncture of two major cultural spheres of
Pre-Columbian North America, the Southwestern and the Plains
areas. The area now covered by Texas comprised three major
indigenous cultures which had reached their developmental peak
prior to the arrival of European explorers and are known from
Who was NOT one of the Texas major indigenous cultures?
2) The Paleo-Indians
that lived in Texas between 9200 – 6000 BC may have links to
Clovis and Folsom cultures; these nomadic people hunted mammoths
and bison latifrons using atlatls. They extracted Alibates
flint from quarries.
What Texas region were the
- Rio Grande
3) Beginning during the
3rd millennium BC, the population of Texas increased despite
experiencing a changing climate and the extinction of giant
mammals. Many pictograms drawn on the walls of caves or on rocks
are visible in the state, including at Hueco Tanks and Seminole
4) American Indians in East
Texas began to settle in villages shortly after 5000 BC, farming
and building the first burial mounds. They were influenced by
the Mound Builder civilizations that lived in the Mississippi
5) In the area,
populations were influenced by Mogollon culture influenced the
population of what Texas region?
- Rio Verde
6) When did the
bow and arrow begin to appear among the Texas' American Indians?
- 4th century
- 6th century
- 8th century
7) Obsidian objects found in various
Texan sites attest of trade with cultures in present day Mexico
and the Rocky Mountains.
8) No one culture was dominant in the
present-day Texas region and many different peoples inhabited
Who is NOT an American Indian tribes that lived inside
the boundaries of present-day Texas?
9) American Indians
determined the fate of European explorers and settlers depending
on whether a tribe was friendly or warlike. Friendly tribes
taught newcomers how to grow indigenous crops, prepare foods,
and hunting methods for wild game. Warlike tribes made life
unpleasant, difficult and dangerous for explorers and settlers
through their attacks and resistance to European conquest.
10) A remnant of a
tribe in East Texas still lives in the Mt. Tabor Community near
What is the tribe?