The argument about just where the earliest human inhabitants of North America left us an undisputed record of their existence revolves around several candidate places, in locations as diverse as Alaska, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas. It is a debate that may not be resolved in our lifetimes. But one overcast March day in 2005, writer Steven Rinella and I spent an afternoon tramping across one spot that, without debate, stands in the direct line of the founding of human history in America. The bleak, surprising setting of our immersion in big history in America entirely lacked any of the schoolbook associations of a Jamestown or a Plymouth or a Santa Fe. But in the founding of America, it did have one great advantage not enjoyed...

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