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Squash and pumpkins first domesticated in Mesoamerica. By this time, corn, potatoes, manioc, beans and turkeys are domesticated in the Americas. Today, only about 10% of that forest remains; much has turned to desert.Migrating farmers from Fertile Crescent settle Indus valley in present day Pakistan. A four hundred year period of chaos and warfare begins to sweep Europe, the Fertile Crescent, and Mediterranean region.

El Nio cycles regularly affect South American civilization, and elaborate food production and storage systems are designed to cope with them, as well as other environmental challenges.

That region’s people become the world’s greatest agricultural experimenters. It attained a peak population of several million, before its overtaxed environment failed to support the population.

Famine, war and disease accompanied the collapse of the Mayan population to perhaps a million before 1000 CE, similar to Fertile Crescent dynamics. Charlemagne tries to create a new Western Roman Empire, with a unity of church and state. Vikings begin raiding the British Isles, and some settle in France and become the Normans. Leif Ericson extends Viking colonization past Greenland settlements to North America, probably in today’s Newfoundland.

They may have driven Irish monks from Iceland before them to North America.

This is the beginning of the High Middle Ages and height of the Medieval Warm Period.

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