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What Were the Americas Really Like Before Columbus?

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What were the Americas really like before Columbus, prior to the European exploration and invasion? Charles C. Mann’s very readable 1491 (Second Edition): New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus describes some current research and controversies, uncovering some surprising ground. (Mann wrote a very interesting article for The Atlantic in 2002 based on the book. The article, also entitled “1491“, …