The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Agricultural Gifts to the World
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.
Location. 38° 53.286′ N, 77° 0.992′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Maryland Avenue Southwest. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
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) 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.
Categories. • Agriculture • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.