So, I remember reading about early settlers introducing liquor to the Indians, and how they were unaccustomed to the stuff. Apparently this created problems up to the present day, with high rates of alcoholism on Indian reservations etc.
Did any Native Americans start making alcohol on their own before Europeans arrived? It seems like someone would have figured out that when old berries have been sitting around for awhile they have interesting effects. If they didn’t, why not?
Also, what about Central Americans?