National geographic america before columbus

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national geographic america before columbus

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

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 1492.

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.

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America Before Columbus Pt 1 of 2

The first challenge in examining the origins of people in America before Columbus, of course, is weighing the evidence. The less evidence you have, the more violently you fight over it.
Charles C. Mann

America Before Columbus (National Geographic) Video Assessment

This item ships to the USA. History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature. But scientific evidence tells us that America wasn't exactly a "New World," but a very old one whose inhabitants had built a vast infrastructure of cities, orchards, canals, and causeways. In the first years of contact, entire civilizations were wiped out and the landscape was changed forever. National Geographic embarks on an expedition into the mysterious world of ancient American history to shed a different light on the history of the Americas. I expected to see a documentary only about the Americas and the inhabitants, fauna and flora. Though most of it was educational it was NOT what the title stated!

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