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By Charles C. Mann

Up until eventually very lately it used to be believed that during 1491, the yr prior to Columbus landed, the Americas, one-third of the earth's floor, have been a near-pristine barren region inhabited by way of small roaming bands of indigenous humans. yet lately unforeseen discoveries have dramatically replaced our realizing of Indian lifestyles. Many students now argue that the Indians have been even more a number of, have been within the Americas for a lot longer and had way more ecological effect at the land than formerly believed. this information has huge, immense implications for cutting-edge environmental disputes, but little has filtered into textbooks or even much less into public know-how. Mann brings jointly all the most modern examine, and the result of his personal travels all through North and South the USA, to supply a brand new, attention-grabbing and iconoclastic account of the Americas sooner than Columbus.

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