We're getting closer to that time. The Wakashans have developed a never-ending desire for fishing and especially whaling and the shore-based operations to support it (shipbuilding, tool industries, processing, etc.) since it gives them food, prestige, and lots of trade goods to further enrich them, and this is driving them further south. So I think it can be reasonably inferred that even if it isn't the Wakashans making contact with Mesoamerica, the cultural legacy they've been spreading with them may be the ones to do so.Will there be any pre-Asian contact between Fusania and Mesoamerica?
Like take the Chuma, TTL's alt-Chumashans. Like OTL, they're good at building boats and are great seafarers, and as noted on the map above, it isn't much further from Suchui (where a sizable number of Wakashans trade at) to the northerly outposts of their culture around Morro Bay, where they have a regional center named Tsitqawi--OTL this area had a fairly important archaeological site in this time period. While I don't know if I'll get to it next entry (it's narrative, but I'll see what I can work in since it begs mentioning), I'll leave it at Wakashan - Chuma contact will be an interesting development for the area as a whole.
I'll note that given trade between Oasisamerica and South Fusania (as well as north into the deserts and from there to Numic-speakers like the Nama) as well as Oasisamerican trade with Mesoamerica (like OTL), it isn't out of the question a few Mesoamerican goods here and there might have found their way to South Fusania or even beyond to a place like Wayam/Imaru basin where the Nama and other Southern Hillmen trade. But they've passed through many hands at that point and all anyone would know is they came from the southeastern deserts.
In 1100 it's probably over 3 million since that map does include parts of Oasisamerica (*Snaketown would be among the most populous and important cities on the map had I listed it) but I don't include Oasisamerica as Fusania--although a place like Southern California and the Lower Colorado/Lake Cahuilla area is clearly transitional. Fusania proper would be a bit over 2 million, with a slight majority of those within the borders of OTL California.How many people live inside the map area? What are the biggest "cities" or tribes by population?
Most of those places listed on the map (especially in modern Southern California, Alaska, and BC) likely have not much more than a thousand people at most, but all would have at least a few villages nearby which would be dependent on them politically and economically. They tend to be the chief regional centers so all are important for trade.
However, there's certainly notable exceptions as urbanization is beginning in some places. We haven't checked in on the Imaru basin or the Whulge area in a while, but it has several notable cities. Katlaqmap (near OTL Portland) would likely be about the size of Snaketown or a bit bigger (so maybe 3-3,500 people), and Sqhweyamahl (*New Westminster) as it sits at the key point where the Irame flows into the Imaru. Skohalqo (near OTL Seattle), Chemna (*Richland), Shonitkwu (*Kettle Falls) would be of perhaps 2,500-3,000 each.
In South Fusania, the largest is Koru (*Colusa) thanks to its religious nature at perhaps 3-4,000 people. Esach'atuk (Antioch, which I notice I missed on the map and will fix when I get the chance), Pasnomsono (*Redding) and Wayhuwa (north of Lake Tulare) would have maybe 2-2,500 each.
In all Fusania, the largest city is Wayam at about 5,000 people, due to its antiquity, being a long-established center of trade, and numerous other features which I'll discuss in a few entries. Since it sits on the Imaru River right at the water gap into the mountains, it has a huge natural geographic advantage as it sits between the coastal half of North Fusania on one side and the drier half on the other--it has a serious claim to being the center of the world as far as its residents and those of nearby villages are concerned.
In terms of ethnic groups (if you can call them that), the Aipakhpam/Aihamu (*Sahaptins), Namals/Namaru (*Chinookans), and Amims (*Kalapuyans) would be the largest in North Fusania. In South Fusania, the largest are the various peoples of the Central Valley, the Qatmaqatkh ("people of oak)/Kama (Beikama, etc.) peoples (although they all speak different languages, the Wakashans tend to group them together).
Just a random infodump of demographic data, which can be hard to present without being overly dry yet can be fascinating in its own right. Some of this will be presented again and expounded on, some of it might not come up again.