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The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Traditional Croplands

Agricultural Gifts to the World

 
 
Traditional Croplands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 13, 2019
1. Traditional Croplands Marker
Inscription.  
About 60 percent of the world's diet today is derived from Native American foods, such as potatoes, chilies, tomatoes, and even chocolate!

Native peoples encouraged the growth of various plants together (biodiversity), which promoted healthier crops. European colonists greatly impacted these diverse environments by raising crops one at a time, often a monoculture of corn or tobacco.

Native farmers mastered these revolutionary planting techniques:
✋ Companion planting maintains a balance of nutrients in the soil and prevents erosion by grouping various crops together.
✋ Seed selection is the practice of saving seeds from plants with desired traits for future use.
✋ Crop rotation helps restore the soil by planting different crops on a seasonal or annual basis.
 
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureNative Americans.
 
Location. 38° 53.286′ N, 77° 0.992′ W.
Traditional Croplands Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 13, 2019
2. Traditional Croplands Marker
Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Maryland Avenue Southwest west of 3rd Street Southwest, on the right when traveling west. On the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 339 Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington DC 20024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cardinal Direction Marker: South (a few steps from this marker); Sunflower • Wádxaweew (wah-ha-way-oh) (a few steps from this marker); Nora Naranjo-Morse (within shouting distance of this marker); Lunar Calendars (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Nora Naranjo-Morse (within shouting distance of this marker); Meadow (within shouting distance of this marker); Sassafras • Wináhk (Wee-nock) (within shouting distance of this marker); Can you find symbols for the sun, (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on February 10, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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