Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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"From the author of 1491, the study of the pre-Columbian Americas, this new work is a history that explores the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus's voyages brought them back together, and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As the author shows, this global ecological tumult, the "Columbian Exchange", underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, he shows how the creation of this worldwide network of exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Manila and Mexico City, where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted, the center of the world. In 1493, the author presents a scientific interpretation of our past.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307265722
Branch Call Number: 909.4 M2812f 2011
Characteristics: xix, 535 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Fourteen ninety-three


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Dec 15, 2014

Reknitting the torn seams of Pangaea.

Sep 21, 2014

What a great read. The history of North America and South needs to be rewritten. If it hadn't been for smallpox, malaria, and yellow fever, the Indians would still rule.

buklover Jun 27, 2012

Mann does an amazing job at slowly unraveling Columbus' role in our modern world. He did try to throw a little too much in each section at times, so it became a bit overwhelming. Other than that, it was a great book. I would reccommend it to anyone taking European History.


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