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Pre-Columbian incorporates all period subdivisions in the
history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of
significant European influences on the American continents, spanning the
time of the original settlement in the Upper Paleolithic to European
colonization during the Early Modern period.
While technically referring to the era before
Christopher Columbus' voyages of 1492 to 1504, in practice the term
usually includes the history of American indigenous cultures until they
were conquered or significantly influenced by Europeans, even if this
happened decades or even centuries after Columbus' initial landing.
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