1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

By | November 26, 2017
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus Author Charles C. Mann
ISBN-10 1400032059
ISBN-13 9781400032051
Year 2006-10-10
Pages 541
Language English
Publisher Vintage Books
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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 mans 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

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