Life in America was hard in 1491. The common food in America was corn and potatoes. The animals were used as work animals and used to provide clothing for the Americans. The Americans traded goods suck as jewelry , there animals and many other things. They would trade for land and for whatever they needed. Housing was difficult for the Americans the people lived without any kind of shelter, or in tents , or in caves. The types of houses they built also depended a lot on where you lived. This is what it was like in America in 1491.