1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

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1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann is a 465-page hardcover published in 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf.  There is some light underlining throughout and some dogeared pages but is otherwise in good condition.

Book Summary

A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.

In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard of conclusions.  Among them:

  • In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than Europe.
  • Certain cities--such as Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital--were far greater in population than any contemporary European city.  Furthermore, Tenochtitlan, unlike any capital in Europe at the time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets.
  • The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before Egyptians built the great pyramids.
  • Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively "landscaped" by human beings.

Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of pre-Columbian Americas and how they affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment.

ISBN:  1-4000-4006-X