1491 (Second Edition) by Charles C. Mann

1491 (Second Edition)

By Charles C. Mann

  • Release Date: 2005-08-09
  • Genre: History
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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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • 1491

    4
    By frsky now
    Charles C. Mann has written two books on the subject of Indians in the Americas. The first is very extensively researched, contains a lot of great pictures, introduces the reader to some pretty incredible scientists and looks into the way life may have been, for the inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere around 1491. The story seems to "jump around" a lot, geographically, yet there is nary a page that does not provide a lot of info, and invite the reader to question, and wonder. Mann's viewpoint is one which is easy to agree with, and at times he injects a little humour. I have downloaded 1493, and am looking forward to reading it soon.

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