After countless months of research (and by research I mean crying myself to sleep every night after trying to get a grasp on the academic hell that is any sort of scholarly consensus on pre-Columbian North American history), I think I have a pretty decent understanding on the peoples, cultures, languages, and archaeology to start to really plan out my timeline. The point of divergence is the domestication of wild rice (zizania aquatica) circa 600BC by the people of the Saugeen-Laurel-Early Point Peninsula Complex (likely the archaeological manifestation of the Proto-Algonquians, as posited by Fiedel) and the further development of what I'm nicknaming the Northeastern Agricultural Complex. The complex will include groundnut (apios americana), broadleaf arrowhead (sagittaria latifolia), cattail (typha latifolia) yellow lotus (nelumbo lutea), and the jerusalem artichoke (helianthus tuberosus). This development will lead to the rise of sedentary peoples in the Northeast, and my timeline will follow its effects on the Americas and beyond. I have a basic outline of what will happen throughout the course of the timeline, but I'm in that phase where it can and probably will change. So the purpose of this thread is basically to share my ideas before I put anything on paper. Thoughts, ideas, criticisms, and suggestions are welcome.