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October 14, 2013

1491 Ecosystems and Architecture in the Americas

What did Columbus really find?  Just ask eco-antrhopolofist Charles C. Mann, who wrote “1491” about pre-European Americas and  “1493” about the ecological carnage and disease that wiped the natives out.  “From southern Maine down to about the Carolinas, you would have seen pretty much the entire coastline lined with farms, cleared land, interior for many miles and densely populated villages generally rounded with wooden walls.… Read the rest