[PDF/EBOOK] (1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus) BY Charles C. Mann

His was like a coloring book of pre Pilgrim North America for me in that it filled in a lot of unanswered uestions 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 scrawlingsBeing originally from New England I m well aware that there were inhabitants here long before the Europeans arrived Early on in school we were inundated with stories of Samoset and Suanto the first Native Americans to make contact with the Plymouth Colony pilgrims and how in 1621 they strolled into the transplanted Englishmen s village and a big party broke out thus began the tradition of Thanksgiving I was mistaught in a Massachusetts classroom where heritage and history are king so much was made of this We were led to believe the story by elementary schoolteachers who probably wholeheartedly believed it themselves What about the Virginia Colony of 1607 and their contact with the native inhabitants It failed so sweep it under the rug Something tells me this version of America s founding by Europeans was not the one being taught in Virginia at the timeNever was explained how the two natives could speak English from Englishmen fishing off of the Maine coast and in Suanto s case from abduction and internment for seven years in England or anything that happened in the Americas prior to the pilgrims landing Oh sure there was talk of Incas and Mayans and their all important maize But the extent the sheer size of the native tribes clans and cosmopolitan societies of the Americas north and south and how Europe brought it all own upon their heads none of this was The Alchemy of Color Knitting: The Art and Technique of Mastering Exquisite Palettes discussed Why Because evenuring the late 1970s and early 80s when the movement to turn the Native Americans into mystical caretakers of Mother Earth there was still a prejudicial sense of white is right prevalent at least in the neighborhood I grew up in The other reason is a plain lack of knowledge My simple teachers simply Pathfinder Player Companion: Alchemy Manual 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be blamed The information wasn t readily available or flat out wasn t available School books were traditional and outdated The grey area material was swept under the rug Now there is less grey area material advances in technology and archaeological practices have greatly advanced our knowledge of the past in just a few shortecades but there s still plenty of unknown patches of time in the western hemisphere In 1491 Mann AFRICAN AMERICAN URBAN does not shy away from them Having said that it should be noted that this is not just about North America No in fact time is spent on everything below it Throughiscovered texts and Ajax in Action deciphered inscriptions there s just known about Mesoamerica than the other areas so yes there are pages upon pages about those Incas and Mayans In general what I love about 1491 is that itoesn t take the Indians side or the Europeans It The Gnostic Religion doesn t try to cast a glowing angelic light upon the native inhabitants to transform them into woodland spirits whose only concern was the preservation of the trees and the birds etc blah blah blah Earth Day is uaint and misguided but Iigress nor Computational Molecular Biology: An Algorithmic Approach (Computational Molecular Biology) does Mann attempt to attack orefend the actions of the Europeans All is of a statement of fact or if lacking concrete evidence a statement of possibility based on sound theorySure this Mocktails distills oceans of scholarly studyown to a manageable Clojure In Action duck pond but it never tries to pretend it isoing otherwise Mann is no pretender to vaunted erudition He s a journalist who s Southern African Literature: An Introduction done some research He s a guy who realized his own grade school education was lacking and when he found out the moldy stuff he was taught way back when was still being taught to his son heecided to o something about it I m glad for it The survey of current thinking on the population 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 fraught and "OFTEN BELABORED THE COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE "belabored The comparisons between the hemisphere s agriculture and omesticable animals are fine but the assertion that Aztec apparently it s politically correct to call them Mexica philosophy was as rich as medieval europe s is ludicrous especially given that such a huge volume of Aztec codices have been preserved and BWWM (An African American Romance) (BWWM Paranormal Scifi Romance) deciphered The Aztecsid some respectable philosophical work but Mann s exaggerations aside they African Literature: Overview and Bibliography didn t come close to rivaling the workone in ancient Greece to say nothing of the subseuent 2000 years of philosophy in Europe with a nod towards Middle Eastern contributions as well that took place between the Aliens Rogue Aliens death of Aristotle and theiscovery of the new world Today it may be possible to take a mesoamerican philosophy course in some university Eşti cool şi dacă vorbeşti corect departments but there are very few if any lasting or novel contributions to the the broaderiscipline of philosophy to be found in Aztec or Mayan or Incan philosophy There s no shame in that it has been said that all philosophy is but a footnote to Plato So why feel the need to exaggerate and mislead readers by making politically correct assertions that have no basis in realityAlso the Fall for You distinction the authorraws between guilt and responsibility ie we should not feel guilty that Cortes introduced smallpox and wiped out 95% of american indians but we have some responsibility for this is way too underdeveloped to be taken seriously I Money Blues to Blue Money don t necessarily think that theiscussion is even necessary but it is not an uncommon Facial Action Coding SystemInvestigator's Guide Part 16701 discussion in US politics and Mann consciouslyecides to wade into these waters First he never Alchemy for Women defines we though it seems he means whites of europeanescent residing in the new world and maybe Europeans back in Europe who benefitted from mercantilismcolonialism It s not clear And then he never explains how responsibility can be justly Alchemy Martial Supreme divided amongescendants how someone of say Nicholas Flamels First Codex direct Cortez lineage might have aifferent level of responsibility than a Alien descendant of an Irish family with no seafaring anscestors and no pedigree in the New World until the late 19th century And if they have the same responsibility thenoes a modern Agriculture in Qajar Iran day Chinese or Indian immigrant to the new world also have some responsibility All unclear and the absence of even any contemplation of these points leaves the book s attempts at constructing a morality of EuropeanAmerican Indian interactionisappointingly hollow Mann African American Literature in Transition, 1830-1850 decided the topic was worthy enough to merit someiscussion it is unfortunate he failed to À quoi rêvent les algorithmes do the topic any justice 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 mention of it in the school textbooks Despite having some knowledge I was blown away again by how populated and cultivated the American landscape was before the cataclysmic arrival of Europeans and theiriseases This book blows up many stubborn out BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40: Billionaires Secret Baby (Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) dated theories like the singular Bering land bridge migration the idea that the land was mostly empty when Europeans arrived and the idea that most indigenous peoples were simple hunter gatherers It also gives us a good look at just how stubborn and resistant traditional Euro American scholarship has been to accepting any new information thatidn t fit established theories about the indigenous peoples None of this will comes as a surprise to indigenous readers themselves I m sure but for me it was a surprise to indigenous readers themselves I m sure but for me it was refreshing amazing read I knew nothing about the vast sophisticated terraforming societies of sub ian South America or the pre Incan empires or the way that hunter gatherer people intentionally crafted the landscape to better serve their needs Mann gave me a tantalizing glimpse into a complex beautiful pre Columbian worl. Led 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 kne.

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1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before ColumbusEsts that the local Indian populations in the effectively created the forest to meet human needs and that this was then able to support a much larger population than we would otherwise have estimated and one much advanced than we assume tooAll of this has conseuences and implications of course because we could and should learn a lot from peoples who have farmed the land for thousands of years before we arrived and who Spare the Child: The Religious Roots of Punishment and the Psychological Impact of Physical Abuse did so in ways that appear to have been much sustainable than anything we have achieved since This book covers far too much in fact so much so that after a while my head was almost spinning We travel across both continents Sometimes there is so muchetail involving the pre European arrival political struggles and murders that it pays to remember that if the Indians had invaded the UK at around this same time they Managing Activism A Guide to Dealing with Activists and Pressure Groups d have come just after the War of the Roses You know what I m saying is that Europe was in no position to criticise other countries and their monarchies for their internecine murders and battles The thing that has shifted how I understand this history involves a kind of key provided by this book to understanding what happened Basically Europeans were filthy since we lived with lots of animals and so we brought horrible horribleiseases to the Americas The local populations had no Faith Into Action: Thoughts on Selected Topics defence against suchiseases and also had a remarkably narrow gene pool are pools narrow Maybe it was a shallow pool Either way it seems that up to 95% of the local populations were killed by Alien Generals Chosen Brion Brides diseases like small pox We can hardly imagine what that would mean Theebate still rages about whether the Europeans intentionally spread these iseases although another book I have read on this said that James the First referred to small pox as a gift from God so it wasn t as if we were particularly upset about the inferno that we allowed to sweep before us as we arrived in the New World What is clear is that not only id the population collapse entire civilisations were brought to their knees And as we arrived we often assumed that what we found was what had been with us completely unaware we were witnessing societies suffering under Alcohol Fuel: A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel dire stress The author makes it very clear that what we were seeing was a grosslyistorted vision of what had previously existed I ve never fully understood the implications of this Let s say for the sake of argument that some isease came to Melbourne where I live a city of about 5 million people and it wiped out 95% of everyone Obviously all of the normal things you might expect to be going on in a city would come to a screaming halt You would be unlikely to be able to catch a tram for instance or buy milk at the local supermarket if 19 in every 20 people suddenly stopped living And the people left would be without nearly everyone they have known and loved so not particularly happy if you know what I mean But that would only be the beginning of the problems Let s say none of the animals ied in this catastrophe The estimate is that 62% of households in Melbourne have pets and there are 20 Greenes Farevvell to Follie Sent to Courtiers and Scholers, as a President to Warne Them from the Vaine Delights, That Drawes Youth on to Repentance. 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(1617) dogs per 100 people which would mean all of a sudden there would be 20ogs for every five people If their owners are Dare To Be Hero dead then presumably many of theseogs would be pretty hungry and some of them would be out and about looking for food probably in packs If you arrived a year or so after the catastrophe Melbourne would look like a pretty frightening place with lots of hungry and presumably angry Sedition and Alchemy: A Biography of John Cale dogs walking the streets You might wonder what the hell was the matter with these people that they had so manyamn The (Underground) Railroad in African American Literature dogs andidn t even bother to look after themThis is effectively what is suggested to have happened with bison That is that the removal of humans from farm lands across the continent provided bison with an ideal situation to go through a population explosion And this then left the Europeans who arrived assuming the Indians spent all of their time hunting bison without ever seeming to Handbook for Teaching African Literature African Writers diminish the population of them whereas the bison were actually just taking advantage of the Indian farms that were now no longer farmsue to the Indians having Indiras Objective Agronomy MCQs for Agricultural Competitive Examinations died offue to The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Lost African-American Renaissance disease There is a bit of Bill Bryson s A Walk in the Woods where he talks of the extinction of various types of birds that had swarmed in such profusion when Europeans arrived that the Europeans basically went nuts killing and eating them This is presented as proof of Europeanisregard for nature something that is self evidently true by way But in this case the evidently true by the way But in this case the were also an Because the Indian farmers had A New Reader's Guide to African Literature died the corn harvests were left in the fields the amount of food available for these birds exploded and with that so tooid their populations What Europeans witnessed and considered normal were in fact a conseuence of removing humans from what had been a human made landscape And once you Story Alchemy Authors Craft Book 2 do that other animals take the opportunity to flourish This book has shifted how I understand the pre European Americas if you are from the Americas you should read this not only because it is a fascinating read but also because it will serve as a useful reminder of a cultural heritage you still have responsibilities for Just as we Australians can never be reconciled with the land until we help to heal the wound we have made by our terrible and tragic history so too the Americas have aebt that needs to be repayed 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 farI ve now finished see below Anyone who enjoyed it should also consider Elaine Dewar s Bones which explores the archaeological controversy "of how long people have been in the New World She wholeheartedly supports the a really "how long people have been in the New World She wholeheartedly supports the a really long time campMy only critiue of 1491 and it is minor is that the author I feel overstates the case that Europeans mainly English Oral and Written Poetry in African Literature Today 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 armyid away with the longbow in 1598 and for all their problems powder weapons were a clear advantage Frenchman Samuel BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 89 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 89: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) de Champlain used just three haruebus toevastating effect against the Irouois Haudenosaunee in 1609 and in his trade and colonization monopoly secured in 1612 under the Prince e Cond the terms specifically forbid anyone to trade powder weapons with the natives under penalty of a 10000 livre fine and corporal punishment One of the key factors in European inability not to immediately conuer or eradicate native populations by force was the sheer lack of firepower They also needed them as trade partners These commercial ventures English and French in particular idn t have the full 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 The Handbook of Academic Writing de Sotoid in the southeastern US in the mid 16th century for good or for ill pretty well for ill But an idea the author The Future of Academic Freedom does well to advance is the fact that coastal nations or tribes that made contact with the newcomers often came toecide that they should secure a strategic advantage and enlist the newcomers aid in fighting their own enemies It was a complicated time and 1491 is a worthy overview Having now 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 Agricultural Machinery Mechanization disappointing There s nothing about the muchebated vanishing of the Irouoian speaking residents of the St Lawrence at Hochelaga and Stadacona who were there in large numbers in palisade villages when Cartier first 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 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. .