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1491 : new revelations of the Americas before Columbus

Author: Charles C Mann
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2017, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.], reprinted ... August 2017View all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mann, Charles C.
1491.
New York : Knopf, 2005
(OCoLC)656704174
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles C Mann
ISBN: 9781400040063 140004006X
OCLC Number: 1043926637
Description: xii, 465 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction / Holmberg's Mistake. A view from above --
Part One / Numbers from Nowhere? Why Billington survived --
In the land of four quarters --
Frequently asked questions --
Part Two / 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 Three / Landscape with Figures. Made in America --
Amazonia --
The artificial wilderness --
Coda: The great law of peace. --
Appendixes: A. Loaded Words --
B. Talking Knots --
C. The Syphilis Experience --
D. Calendar Math.
Other Titles: New revelations of the Americas before Columbus
Responsibility: Charles C. Mann.

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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.

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