When was Casa Grande built and What does Casa Grande mean in Spanish?

Casa Grande, meaning “great house” in Spanish, was built by the Hohokam in about 1325. Located near what is now Florence, Arizona, it was a huge four-story building with a 35-foot tower in the center.

The walls were made from bricks of clay called adobe, and the roof was reinforced with great wooden beams that the builders carried from a site more than 50 miles away.

The Mogollon of the Mimbres Valley often placed a piece of pottery decorated with an animal into a grave. They believed that by breaking a hole in the pot, they could release the painted animal’s spirit, who could then guide the dead person to the afterlife.

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