maple-syrup

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One major Native American contribution to the American economy, especially in the Northeast, is maple syrup and sugar.

Native Americans of the Northeast tapped maple trees each spring. Collecting the sap in birch-bark buckets and boiling it into syrup. Colonists, who learned to tap trees by observing natives, quickly incorporated the sweetener into their diet. And now it is a staple of the U.S. and Canadian economies.