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1491 : new revelations of the Americas before Columbus

Author: Charles C Mann
Publisher: New York : Vintage, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage Books edView all editions and formats
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The author 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 Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, were greater in population than any European city. Tenochtitlan, unlike any capital in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: CristÓvÃo Colombo
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles C Mann
ISBN: 1400032059 9781400032051
OCLC Number: 72680543
Notes: "With new afterword"--Cover.
Description: xiii, 541 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: Holmberg's mistake: View from above --
Numbers from nowhere?: Why Billington survived --
In the land of four quarters --
Frequently asked questions --
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) --
Landscape with figures: Made in America --
Amazonia --
Artificial wilderness --
Great law of peace.
Other Titles: Fourteen ninety-one
Responsibility: Charles C. Mann.
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The author 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 Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, were greater in population than any European city. Tenochtitlan, 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."--Publisher description.

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