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But in fact, in there may well have been more people charles c mann 1491 in the Americas than in Europe, many of them in urban complexes bigger and more sophisticated than London or Paris. Indian cities were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids. Native people of the Americas developed ways of breeding corn and using the land that were far ahead of other civilizations.

In the Amazon, Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it—a process scientists are studying today in the hope of reviving the practice.

Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. Do we have an obligation, as some green activists believe, to restore environmental conditions to the state in which they were before human intervention [p.

What scientists have learned about the early Americas gives the lie to charles c mann 1491 Charles C. Mann, and most of us, learned in high school: There are many scholarly charles c mann 1491 about the research described in How convincing is anthropologist Dean R.

Are certain scholars introduced here more believable than others? In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions. Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment.


His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation. Native Americans domesticated fewer animals and cultivated plant life differently from their European counterparts, but did so quite intensively.

The author suggests that limited and often racist views about charles c mann 1491 indigenous people, in addition to lack of a common language among the indigenous people, often led to a failure to recognize these dynamics, and has historically found expression in conclusions like the "law of environmental limitation of culture" Betty J.

Meggers — whatever Native Americans did before slash and burnthe logic goes, had to have worked thanks to the vast expanses of healthy forest seen before Europeans arrived. Mann argues that Native Americans were a keystone speciesone that charles c mann 1491 the survival and abundance of many other species".

By the time the Europeans arrived in number to supplant the indigenous population in the Americas, the previous charles c mann 1491 people had been almost completely eliminated, mostly by disease, with a consequent disruption of societies and environmental control.

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Decreased environmental influence and resource competition would have led to charles c mann 1491 explosions in species such as the American bison and the passenger pigeonand because fire clearing had ceased, forests would have expanded and become denser.

The world discovered by Christopher Columbus was to begin to change from that point on, so Columbus "was also one charles c mann 1491 the last to see it in pure form". Mann concludes that we must look to the past to write the future. Modern nations must do the same.

And rarely is he less than enthralling. The other reason is a plain lack of knowledge.

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My simple teachers simply did not know. They can't wholly be blamed. The information wasn't readily available or flat-out wasn't available. School books were traditional and outdated. The grey-area material was swept under the rug.