Indians used Metals for Trade and Jewelry.

Native American Indians Mining Metals

NATIVE AMERICANS FOUND METAL FLAKES IN THE BOTTOMS OF STREAMS AND RIVERS. THEY USED HOLLOW POLES TO COLLECT THE SHINY FLAKES, THEN HEATED THE FLAKES IN CLAY POTS TO MELT THE METALS TOGETHER. ONCE COOLED, THE METALS COULD BE POUNDED BETWEEN ROCKS TO FLATTEN AND SHAPE THEM. RARE METALS WERE VALUABLE FOR MAKING ORNAMENTS AND FOR TRADING.


   











Europeans Mining Metals in the 1500's

EUROPEANS USED DIFFERENT WAYS TO FIND AND MINE METALS. THIS DRAWING WAS MADE IN THE MID-1500's IN GERMANY, BUT MOST EUROPEANS - THE SPANISH, FRENCH, ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE - MINED FOR RARE METALS THIS WAY. THE METALS WERE USED IN THE SAME WAY AMERICAN INDIANS USED THEM: FOR ORNIMENTS AND TRADE.