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Main Title 1491 : new revelations of the Americas before Columbus /
Author Mann, Charles C.,
Publisher Knopf,
Year Published 2005
OCLC Number 56632601
ISBN 9781400040063; 140004006X; 9781400032051; 1400032059
Subjects Indians--Origin ; Indians--History ; Indians--Antiquities ; America--Antiquities ; America--History--To 1810 ; Indians of South America--History ; Altamerika ; Inheemse volken ; Native Americans--Antiquities--North America ; Native Americans--Antiquities--South America ; Native Americans--North America--History ; NATIVE AMERICANS--North AMERICA--Origin ; Native Americans--South America--History ; Native Americans--South America--Origin
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EHAM NAR NAR-63 Region 1 Library/Boston,MA 03/21/2020
Edition 1st ed.
Collation xii, 465 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-449) and index.
Contents Notes
A view from above -- Why Billington survived -- In the land of four quarters -- Frequently asked questions -- Pleistocene wars -- Cotton (or anchovies) and maize (Tales of two civilizations, part I) -- Writing, wheels, and bucket brigades (Tales of two civilizations, part II) -- Made in America -- Amazonia -- The artificial wilderness -- Coda: The great law of peace. Mann shows how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques have come to previously unheard-of conclusions about the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans: In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe. Certain cities -- such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital -- were greater in population than any European city. Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets. The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids. Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively "landscaped" by human beings. Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process that the journal Science recently described as "man's first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering.