1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (EPUB)
Charles C. Mann
Charles C. Mann ´ 2 Free readTive populations by orce was the sheer lack of Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller firepower They also needed them as trade partners These commercial ventures English and French in particular didn t have theull might of their states behind them in the early contact period Had England or France made up their mind to truly conuer these shores and their peoples they would have marched through them much like de Soto Did In The Southeastern US In The Mid 16th Century in the southeastern US in the mid 16th century good or or ill pretty well First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There for ill But an idea the author does well to advance is theact that coastal nations or does well to advance is the act that coastal nations or that made contact with the newcomers often came to decide that they should secure a strategic advantage and enlist the newcomers aid in ighting their own enemies It was a complicated time and 1491 is a worthy overview Having now April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers finished I ll still recommend it For those interested in precontact cultures north of 49 as in half of North America the lack of material about French Canada is a little disappointing There s nothing about the much debated vanishing of the Irouoian speaking residents of the St Lawrence at Hochelaga and Stadacona who were there in large numbers in palisade villages when Cartierirst visited in the 1530s but had vanished utterly by the time Champlain showed up in 1603 But that s nitpicky considering the enormous scope of this work The survey of current thinking on the s nitpicky considering the enormous scope of this work The survey of current thinking on the of the americas via that Beringia land bridge and the subseuent summary of the evolutions of early american society is interestingBut the repeated comparisons between american society and eurasian society are really raught and often belabored The comparisons between the two hemisphere s agricultur. Led man’s irst Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome 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 andascinating world we only thought we kne. For no logical reason and technical terms were too often introduced but never defined I had to look up MFAC in the index to discover it meant Maritime Foundation of Andean Civilization By ar the best part of the book were the aerial photographs that
*clearly showed the size and complexity of south *showed the size and complexity of South As someone who writes professionally in this area unabashed plug watch or God s Mercies Doubleday Canada in October 07 I have high praise or 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 FARI VE NOW FINISHED SEEbeen impressed so arI ve now inished see Anyone who Enjoyed It Should Also Consider it should also consider Dewar s Bones which explores the archaeological controversy of how long people have been in the New World She wholeheartedly supports the a really really long time campMy only critiue of 1491 and it is minor is that the author I eel overstates the case that Europeans mainly English did not enjoy a military superiority over the natives that their powder weapons were ineffective This is a rather generous reading of native military capability The English army did away with the longbow in 1598 and Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town for all their problems powder weapons were a clear advantage Frenchman Samuel de Champlain used just three haruebus to devastating effect against the Irouois Haudenosaunee in 1609 and in his trade and colonization monopoly secured in 1612 under the Prince de Cond the terms specificallyorbid anyone to trade powder weapons with the natives under penalty of a 10000 livre ine and corporal punishment One of the key actors in European inability not to immediately conuer or eradicate na. E 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 cal. 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 thatsocieties that were possibly BIGGER than Europe in 1492 and dwarfed it in centuries before It s were possibly BIGGER than Europe in 1492 and dwarfed it in centuries before It s 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 context I never imagined beforeThe author obviously loves what he does and relishes research and it definitely makes potentially dry material come to life Opened my eyes to a subject I knew nothing about so I highly recommend 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 ind an unpopulated part of the world Maybe because said history gets understated treatment if not outright dismissal in history education I updated alternative reading recommendations belowWell I inally Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus finished it There were some interestingactoids such as the theory that much the rainforest was planted by humans but even then the data were not marshaled in a convincing coherent ashion 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. 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 1492Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school the pre Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather there wer.
Charles C. Mann