I was reading a graphic novel Black Science where the characters come upon a parallel universe where advanced Native American Tribes invaded Europe. An inverse manifest destiny, if you will.


In 1492 a Native American 'explorer' makes landfall in Europe/Africa. This explorer returns home with fruits, slaves, thus kickstarting a campaign to invade/colonize Eurasia+Africa

How would a Native American nation (or civilization) develop (technologically, culturually, and sociologically) from to achieve this historical event?


  1. Only North American Native American tribes and cultures are allowed. Incans, Mayans, and Aztecs will be the subject of other questions.
  2. I am interested in how a native american civilization could've developed to this point. The consequences afterwards of Native Americans invading Europe will be covered in a separate question.
  3. Feel free to implement Leif Erikson's journey however you like or not all. Leif Erikson may be ignored and left to the annals of history much like modern history, or become integral as in @Will's answer.


  1. Please use historical revisionism and science where possible.
  2. No Magic.
  3. Native Americans did not have horses.
  4. Native Americans domesticated animals (Llamas, Dogs, Bobcats, Turkeys) but did not have nearly as many available animals to domesticate as Europe, especially with regards to beasts of burden.
  5. Native Americans did have agriculture (corn and other fruits and vegetables) and were familiar with farming techniques.
  6. The Americas were and are rich in resources such as food, minerals, animals, etc.
  7. With respect to pathogens, Native Americans would still remain vulnerable to many European diseases. That said, if someone were to explain how Native Americans could domesticate animals to an industrial degree, 'America Pox' would be game.

EDIT: Since the original question was too broad, I've limited the scope of North American Native Americans and the development of a civilization to the age of exploration only.

EDIT 2: To address JBH's comment: I am aware of literature that posits why native americans did not develop as fast as Eurasians. That said, there is little literature that explains how native americans could have developed faster than Eurasians. With respect to World Building, if we assume it were possible, how then could native americans develop in such a manner. That is the underlying subject I'm looking to answer (via worldbuilding). Since this is a science based question, I do expect some science to be used, but citations are not neccesary.


closed as too broad by JBH, kingledion, sphennings, L.Dutch, Jim2B Dec 28 '17 at 7:06

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    $\begingroup$ A recent question that appears to only be asking for basic information for alternate history research was put on hold for being too broad, but might be reopened if what is being sought is narrowed. This question, likewise, is to broad because it's asking us to rewrite history, which is too much for this site. $\endgroup$ – JBH Dec 28 '17 at 5:03
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    $\begingroup$ It would take the angel of death killing everyone in the Old World. There is plenty written about why the Old World was so far ahead of the New. To change history this completely isn't a matter of one or two tweaks. Frankly, I think it is impossible, give your rules. I'm voting to close this as opinion based. $\endgroup$ – kingledion Dec 28 '17 at 5:13
  • $\begingroup$ The CGP Grey video 'America Pox' video you have linked in the question is your own bane, because moving onto advanced metallurgy, coal production and industrialization will be difficult when growing your food takes all day. In the tech tree, all, atleast most, of the requirements of one stage must be fulfilled before you can move on to the nest stage i.e. Agricultural Revolution to Industrial Revolution. The Americans had yet to outsource the field work to non-human labourers, in this case domesticated animals, so they simply would not have the time to get on with mechanised labour. $\endgroup$ – Varad Mahashabde Dec 28 '17 at 5:20
  • $\begingroup$ Although you could have that intellectual kid, son of the rich merchant/noble, who feels for the poor and is fascinated about everything, and after discovering the combustible of coal, coal mines, and ordering many metallic apparatus, leaves the steam engine as his inheritance to the continent's people, remembered for all of eternity as The Inventor. $\endgroup$ – Varad Mahashabde Dec 28 '17 at 5:23
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    $\begingroup$ What metal? By 1492, metallurgy had just gotten to the bronze level in Central/South America, but not sufficient to have widespread, common use of basic implements instead of adornments or decoration. In terms of metal technology, the Americas were running about 6000 years or more behind the Old World. $\endgroup$ – Keith Morrison Dec 28 '17 at 6:39

The sophisticated culture of the Mound Builders comes into contact with Vikings at their outpost in Vinland around the year 1000 in what is now eastern Canada. The Mound Builders have copper technology, agriculture, long distance trade routes and enough surplus population to build the mounds that are their legacy.

The Mound Builders invite the Vikings to visit their lands further south and strike up a productive interaction - the visiting Norsemen find these lands more pleasant than the far north. Additionally the Mound Builders are more civilized and physically more attractive to the Norse than the Inuit were. The Norse are treated respectfully and well by the civilized Mound Builder people. The native Americans realize they have a lot to learn from the vikings and proceed to learn it from the original vikings they encounter as well as those Norsemen who follow, settle, and begin to interbreed over the ensuing 150 years.

Within 2 generations, the coastal Indians who have learned Norse metalworking and shipbuilding tech (and who have begun to breed horses!) have conquered their neighbors and imposed a "Pax Romana" on the formerly squabbling groups of the interior and southerly coast. Population increases during the following prosperity.

An effective central government modeled along the lines of Cahokia together with population pressure and encouragement from Vikings finally led to construction of a fleet which sailed East and make landfall in Ireland and then England in 1380. The descendants of the Mound Builders / Norsement were giants and the Europeans - all devout Christians and just recovering from the effects of continent-wide plague - received them as Nephilim sent by God to create a new order. Ready to take on this role, the Native Americans convert to a hybrid Christianity incorporating aspects of their old religions and Norse religion. At the same time, epidemic syphilis spreads from these new invaders across the continent, and the Great Pox further damages a population as yet unrecovered from the Black Plate.

The giant-led Native Americans take another 100 years in England, receiving shiploads of colonists during this time and reinforcing their presence. By 1400 they begin their spread into continental Europe.

  • $\begingroup$ The OP has edited his question to make it less broad. Will this affect your answer? $\endgroup$ – JBH Dec 29 '17 at 5:02
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    $\begingroup$ The thing that feels gross about this answer is that, instead of doing it on their own, the Native Americans need some white people to show them how it's done. $\endgroup$ – Azuaron Dec 29 '17 at 14:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Azuaron Nothing gross about learning technology from more advance people. You will find history is all about that. Even the great "white people" had to learn their technology from the arabs in the middle ages. $\endgroup$ – A. C. A. C. Dec 29 '17 at 17:32
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    $\begingroup$ @Azuaron What cultural context? We are talking about an civilization learning from another and then using it as their own. It really doesn't matter if the tech comes from "white people" or maybe you want the Chinese to come across the Pacific. The simple thing is that North America was not very technologically advance and advances in tech are historically from getting it from somewhere else then applying it to your own culture and making small advances yourself. $\endgroup$ – A. C. A. C. Dec 29 '17 at 18:52
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    $\begingroup$ @A.C.A.C. The context of writing this story right now, with our history of white people oppressing; killing; and appropriating or erasing the culture of Native Americans. And now we have a Worldbuilding exercise for how to make Native Americans (historically) technologically superior, a problem with innumerable solutions, and this solution is, "Clearly they can't do it on their own, have white people show them how"? It's gross because it's racist and privileged. Bonus points for the invading Native Americans "half"-converting to Christianity. Because it wasn't already messed up enough. $\endgroup$ – Azuaron Dec 29 '17 at 19:13

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