1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.
Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.
America Before Columbus – Part 1
At the same time there are a number of contrasts and comparisons made between resource development and exploitation in Europe and the Americas. There is an even-handed approach with alternative explanations often being provided by the experts who contribute to the discourse. The range of cultures surveyed in the Americas and the illustration of the means by which they exploited the existing environment are significant. The discussion of the means by which they subsequently developed and domesticated the environment should be enlightening for most students. There is a place for this program in Indigenous Studies. The parallels that can be drawn with recent scholarship on Aboriginal farming and domestication in Australia are very significant. The survey of the Americas could be the starting point for a series of Case Studies or research projects on the Indigenous cultures of the continents.
This item ships to the USA. History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature. But scientific evidence tells us that America wasn't exactly a "New World," but a very old one whose inhabitants had built a vast infrastructure of cities, orchards, canals, and causeways. In the first years of contact, entire civilizations were wiped out and the landscape was changed forever. National Geographic embarks on an expedition into the mysterious world of ancient American history to shed a different light on the history of the Americas. I expected to see a documentary only about the Americas and the inhabitants, fauna and flora. Though most of it was educational it was NOT what the title stated!
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Sign in. Breakout star Erin Moriarty of " The Boys " shouts out her real-life super squad of actors. Watch now. This 8 part series tells us about indigenous peoples of the Americas before the Spanish explorer Columbus arrived. Each episode shows us via re-enactments about a particular subject. Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people. This was the deadliest year of WW2.
History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature. But scientific evidence tells a very different story: When Columbus stepped ashore in , millions of people were already living there. America wasn't exactly a New World , but a very old one whose inhabitants had built a vast infrastructure of cities, orchards, canals and causeways. The English brought honeybees to the Americas for honey, but the bees pollinated orchards along the East Coast. Thanks to the feral honeybees, many of the plants the Europeans brought, like apples and peaches, proliferated.