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Newly Found Ancient DNA In The U.S. Rewrites American History

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When most Americans today think about American history, they first think of the time Europeans first arrived in the land of the Americas.

The recently-found DNA of a six-week-old Native American infant who died thousands of years ago has rewritten the history of "The Land of The Free," and shed more light onto how it came to be.

Names like Leif Erikson and Christopher Columbus, who are some of the first European men to set foot in North America, are usually the first names that come to mind.

Erikson, a Norse explorer from Iceland, is believed to have arrived in North America in the year 1001, and Christopher Columbus didn't reach the New World until 500 years later, in 1492.  

But it wasn't until a huge chunk of North America declared their independence as "the United States of America" in 1776 that people really started to think about American history.  

The original American flag, known as the Betsy Ross flag. Historyplex

We all know there were people long before that, because where else would Hollywood get the idea for the feud between the American pioneers and American Indians.

It's widely accepted that early settlers crossed from Russia into Alaska through the Bering Strait at the end of the last Ice Age.

But the question that's always remained was how many different groups came to America, when did they arrive, and what happened for those thousands of years before Europeans settled in the New World?

According to the Daily Mail, this is the first time direct genetic traces of the earliest Native Americans have been identified.

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