Over the course of a year, if every British Columbian made this change for an hour per day it would conserve over 168 million kilowatt-hours, enough to power 12,000 BC
The First North Americans" indeed serves as a succinct, complex summary of 13,500 years of human history on the continent of North America, covering roughly the time from 12,000 BC
to 1500 AD and the devastating contacts with European explorers.
The cave drawings found in the Sahara's Fezzan area, date Libyan civilization back to at least 12,000 BC
, and since the country has experienced occupation under Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, and Byzantines, all have left behind traces of their conquests.
Visitors get a brief glimpse of life over 35,000 years ago, when bears and Neanderthals lived in mountain caves, but the show focuses on the period after retreating glaciers left more room for flora and fauna--and humans--to occupy the Rhone Valley and the shores of Lake Geneva, which is to say between around 12,000 BC
and 58 BC.
Sanders uses five periods from 12,000 BC
to the present to inform us about ancient cultures and helps us to understand how they changed and evolved into the tribes and their neighbors found in each of the states today.