1491 : The Americas Before Columbus
by Charles C. Mann
Editor: GRANTA BOOKS
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Until very recently, it was estimated that in 1491, the year before Columbus, the Americas, one third of the surface of the earth, were an almost virgin desert inhabited by small, roaming groups of indigenous peoplesBut recently unexpected discoveries have significantly changed our understanding of Indian LifeMany researchers now argue that Indians were far more numerous, have been in the Americas much longer, and have had far more ecological impact on the earth than previously thought.This knowledge has enormous implications for the current environment of disputes, but little has filtered into textbooks, let alone public awareness.Mann brings together all the most recent research, and the results of his travels to the North and South America, to provide a new, fascinating and iconoclastic account of the Americas before Christoph Columbus
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