America in 1492

America in 1492

The World of the Indian Peoples Before the Arrival of Columbus

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When Columbus landed in 1492, the New World was far from being a vast expanse of empty wilderness: it was home to some seventy-five million people. They ranged from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego, spoke as many as two thousand different languages, and lived in groups that varied from small bands of hunter-gatherers to the sophisticated and dazzling empires of the Incas and Aztecs. This brilliantly detailed and documented volume brings together essays by fifteen leading scholars field to present a comprehensive and richly evocative portrait of Native American life on the eve of Columbus's first landfall. Developed at the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian and edited by award-winning author Alvin M. Josehpy, Jr., America in 1492 is an invaluable work that combines the insights of historians, anthropologists, and students of art, religion, and folklore. Its dozens of illustrations, drawn from largely from the rare books and manuscripts housed at the Newberry Library, open a window on worlds flourished in the Americas five hundred years ago.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394564388
0394564383
Branch Call Number: 970.011 A512
Characteristics: xii, 477 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Josephy, Alvin M. 1915-2005

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A collection of illustrated essays on the history and cultures of American Indians covering geographic locations, languages, spiritual beliefs, customs, and art.


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