1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus MOBI

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus MOBI In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man s first feat of genetic engineering Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew

10 thoughts on “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

  1. Rick Riordan Rick Riordan says:

    My favorite recent history book, Mann surveys the breadth and complexity of indigenous cultures in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus Some of this research was familiar to me When I taught American history in the 2000s, I would start with such snapshots of Cahokia, the Olmecs, the Serpent Mound, the Maya, the great trade networks that connected the continent But even that information was hard to find Good luck finding even a m

  2. Brendan Brendan says:

    The survey of current thinking on the population of the americas via that Beringia land bridge and the subsequent summary of the evolutions of early american society is interesting.But the repeated comparisons between american society and eurasian society are really fraught and often belabored The comparisons between the two hemisphere s agriculture and domesticable animals are fine, but the assertion that Aztec apparently it spolitically corr

  3. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    This was like a coloring book of pre Pilgrim North America for me in that it filled in a lot of unanswered questions and brilliantly illuminated some areas of my knowledge that were mere outlines It stays within the lines and makes my early attempts at coloring in the past look like spidery, seizure induced scrawlings.Being originally from New England, I m well aware that there were inhabitants here long before the Europeans arrived Early on in school

  4. Douglas Hunter Douglas Hunter says:

    As someone who writes professionally in this area unabashed plug watch for God s Mercies, Doubleday Canada, in October 07 I have high praise for this title, a long overdue assessment of native culture and civilization before and at contact with Europeans I m still reading it, but I ve been impressed so far I ve now finished, see below Anyone who enjoyed it should also consider Elaine Dewar s Bones, which explores the archaeological controversy of how long peo

  5. Trevor Trevor says:

    You know in fourteen hundred and ninety two Columbus sailed the ocean blue So, 1491 was a particularly interesting year for the inhabitants of the Americas This is a remarkably similar story to that told in Dark Emu It is almost as if everything I ve ever known about pre European settlement in Australia and the Americas has been, well, utter rubbish Which isthan a little annoying.What is very interesting here is that we seem to have grossly under estimated both the p

  6. Hana Hana says:

    See updated alternative reading recommendations below.Well, I finally finished it There were some interesting factoids, such as the theory that much of therainforest was planted by humans, but even then the data were not marshaled in a convincing, coherent fashion Over all, the book was badly organized, the chapter and section headings provided no clue to their purpose, the text jumped wildly across continents and thousands of years for no logical reason and technical terms

  7. Jason Jason says:

    Very well written, a good mixture of factual evidence and narrative The main take home point here should be known to everyone, especially Americans There is a reason why there was a period of 128 years between Colombus landing and a permanent European settlement in North America Namely, there were millions of Native Americans there who thought Europeans were dirty, amusing creatures who had interesting objects but were not fit for being neighbors Attempted European settlers were con

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    I m astonished at how many people mention in their reviews that they are surprised at how rich and varied and impressive the cultures of the Americas were until a certain point Many of them actually live on the said continents How do you even live on a continent and know little about its history What, did anyone think the Aztec were a bunch of barbarians Did anyone think Columbus arrived to find an unpopulated part of the world Maybe because said history gets understated treatment if not o

  9. Ken-ichi Ken-ichi says:

    In brief I felt this was an adequate, often fascinating summary of human habitation of the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans as understood by present day historians and scientists I was happy to see that Mann highlighted controversial areas without simply adopting one side of any given controversy, and in general it seemed like a balanced, well researched book That said, there were numerous peccadillos.Mann starts with the basic assertion that the West s primary mistake in our concep In br

  10. Felicia Felicia says:

    Fascinating exploration of what we know of the New World before Columbus arrived I knew pretty much nothing about the Incas, the Mayans, the Aztecs, and all the other societies that actually were possibly BIGGER than Europe in 1492, and dwarfed it in centuries before It s also an interesting survey of these societies and their environments, of how the Indians and the pristine environments are a bit of a myth The scope of the book covers so many different culture, puts everything into a co Fascinating explo

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