1491

new revelations of the Americas before Columbus
Charles C Mann
Book - 2011

"Charles C. Mann's groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, now expanded and updated in this new edition, radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492. Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, Columbus did not land in a sparsely settled, near-pristine wilderness. Recent research has show that Indians arrived millennia earlier than previously thought and shaped the lands around them in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Native cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that has been called man's first feat of genetic engineering. Perhaps most surprising, many researchers believe that past Indian cultures created much of today's Amazon forest. This is a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew."--

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Main Author: Mann, Charles C. (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Vintage, a division of Random House, Inc., 2011.
Edition:Second Vintage Books edition.
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505 0 |a Introduction. Holmberg's Mistake. A view from above -- Part 1. Numbers from Nowhere? Why Billington survived ; In the land of four quarters ; Frequently asked questions -- Part 2. Very Old Bones. Pleistocene wars ; Cotton (or anchovies) and maize (tales of two civilizations, part I) ; Writing, wheels, and bucket brigades (tales of two civilizations, part II) -- Part 3. Landscape with Figures. Made in America ; Amazonia ; The artificial wilderness ; The great law of peace -- Appendixes: A. Loaded words ; B. Talking knots ; C. The syphilis exception ; D. Calendar mark. 
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