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1491 : new revelations of the Americas before Columbus

Author: Charles C Mann
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2012.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles C Mann
ISBN: 9781400040063 140004006X
OCLC Number: 843216268
Description: xii, 465 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: 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
One thousand four hundred ninety-one
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."--Publisher description.

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