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2). Among these Bantu descendants and their neighbors, the social structure was based on the belief that large subgroups were descended from a common ﬁctive ancestor. These larger organizations were then subdivided into smaller and smaller groups, each independent—as a modern nuclear family might be— but tied through an elaborate family tree to hundreds or even thousands of other similar groups. The status of each group was determined by seniority in the line of descent—those descended from the oldest offspring of the common ancestor were socially and politically superior to those descended from younger branches.
Together, Hienwatha, Dekanahwideh, Tadadaho, and the other leaders of the Five Nations created a confederation government, the League of Peace, that Europeans later would call the League of the Iroquois. Under its provisions each member nation maintained complete sovereignty in its own affairs, but all agreed fully to defend the others, share resources, and promote the confederation’s overall welfare. They also vowed to carry forward Peacemaker’s design by offering peace to all who would agree to live with them under the Great Tree of Peace that symbolized the new covenant.
Evidence suggests that pottery and simple metallurgy were part of an ancient pan-African technological tradition. However, sometime between two and three thousand years ago, sub-Saharan groups appear to have discovered iron smelting. Crafstmen invented a furnace shaped like a long tube that permitted both the high heat and the air draft necessary for melting iron ore, thus making use of abundant raw iron deposits common in southern Africa to produce tools, vessels, and weapons. This discovery may, in fact, have aided the Bantu-speakers in their extensive expansion throughout most of the continent.