Around 1050 A. D., there existed a grand city nestled in the Mississippi valley where St. Louis is today. We call this site “Cahokia” because the Cahokia tribe once lived nearby. But the Cahokia referred to the ancient city as belonging to a forgotten tribe that lived before them.
By any measure, this city was magnificent. It covered over 4,000 acres, and had a population estimated between 10-20,000 within the city proper and 70,000 if you count the suburbs. Grand temples and houses were built atop enormous platform mounds. There were approximately 120 of these platform mounds of