Friday, April 25, 2014

America Before Columbus (National Geographic documentary)

"History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature...But scientific evidence tells a very different story: When Columbus stepped ashore in 1492, millions of people were already living there. America wasn't exactly a New World, but a very old one whose inhabitants had built a vast infrastructure of cities, orchards, canals and causeways...In 1491, more people lived in the Americas than in Europe...In 1492, the Americas were not a pristine wilderness but a crowded and managed landscape..."

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