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A Plague of Sheep: Environmental Consequences of the Conquest of Mexico / Edition 1
     

A Plague of Sheep: Environmental Consequences of the Conquest of Mexico / Edition 1

by Elinor G. K. Melville, Alfred W. Crosby, Donald Worster
 

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ISBN-10: 052157448X

ISBN-13: 9780521574488

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a book about the biological conquest of the New World. Taking as a case study the sixteenth century history of a region of highland central Mexico, it shows how the environmental and social changes brought about by the introduction of Old World species aided European expansion. The book spells out in detail the environmental changes associated with the

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This is a book about the biological conquest of the New World. Taking as a case study the sixteenth century history of a region of highland central Mexico, it shows how the environmental and social changes brought about by the introduction of Old World species aided European expansion. The book spells out in detail the environmental changes associated with the introduction of Old World grazing animals into New World ecosystems, demonstrates how these changes enabled the Spanish takeover of land, and explains how environmental changes shaped the colonial societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521574488
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Environment and History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Alien landscapes; 3. The Australian experience; 4. The Mexican case; 5. The conquest process; 6. The colonial regime; Appendix 1. Sub-areas; Appendix 2. Sources for population estimates; Appendix 3. Sources for land holding and land use; Abbreviations; Glossary; Bibliography.

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