When we hear the term "Native American", cities don't usually come at the top of our minds. Nevertheless, we have found Native American cities that collapsed before the 15th century.

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For the record, I'm not interested in how the cities collapsed. I'm more curious to know how they work while they were still inhabited. Did they use currency, or did they just barter? Did they have a class structure? How did they work their education?

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    You missed the Axtecs and the Incas. – David Hammen Jun 24 '16 at 3:41
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    I said BEFORE the 15th century. The Aztecs and the Inca were still around for the Spanish to discover. – JohnWDailey Jun 24 '16 at 3:42
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    @axsvl77 As the OP already pointed out, he specifically said before the 15th century. However, I do think this needs to be broken down into separate questions. Interesting topic, though! – called2voyage Jun 24 '16 at 20:03
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    I think I take issue with the "top of our minds" statement that starts the question. – axsvl77 Jun 24 '16 at 23:38
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    This is much too broad. The Aztec cities were different from the Inca cities were different from the Pueblo cities were different from the Mayan cities were different from... – Mark Jun 25 '16 at 1:56

Tough question to answer with any specificity. The Plains "Indians" were quite adaptable to the sudden appearance of Western Civilization...remarkably so actually. As well the Northeastern native language populations became well known for their hard bargaining in anything concerning money contrary to a lot of initial mythologizing. Haggling was still used the last time I was South of the Border...which was a long time ago. Things might have changed since then. If you're looking for a good introduction on the subject I would start with Linda Schele and go from there.

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