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E. Fitz Smith

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  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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 Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows the creation a worldwide trade network....

    Amazon Customer says: "fasinating new perspective on history"
    "The 'Old World' - when it was just new"
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    Loved the first book '1491.' From that point on - European desire for innovation and cash crops gradually infected the already busy shores of the new world. Metal weaponry or microscopic invaders - take your pick. They are among many variables that either hindered or bolstered victories for colonists and the original peoples alike in the slow burn that birthed the Americas as we know them today.The next time you eat a batch of McDonald's french fries know that you are ingesting a tuber cloned from a vine on an ancient Peruvian mountain side.And that tomatoes were considered poisonous berries.The narrative of this book is dry and factual - the way I like it. No tales of heroism. A blow by blow description of how the human races, dispersed across Pangea and upon their return, collided in their quest to live another day.I could not wait to get into my car each night and consume a new hour of revelations from '1493.' It is a global tale that can tell you everything about what our world is going through today.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The potato eaters observed llamas licking clay soil before they ate potato tubers to offset the toxins in those plants, classified as nightshades. So the humans followed suit in their eating of potatoes and dipped them in a sauce of clay.


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