The Americas Before 1492

The Americas Before 1492

by Kevin Cunningham



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The Americas Before 1492 by Kevin Cunningham

For generations we learned myths about Native Americans: that they lived in widely scattered groups of hunter-gatherers and as low-level farmers, lacked science and technology, were at best simple people who had no history and never evolved, and at worst bloodthirsty savages.

But groundbreaking research is destroying these myths-and altering our perceptions. In the Andes, the Inca created an empire that stretched from Chile to the frontier of Colombia and included a messenger service and food warehouses. The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and painted streets and canals bustling with traders and religious tourists. In the Yucatan, the Maya carved whole cities out of forest; in the desert southwest, the Hohokam made the desert bloom. And throughout the hemisphere, native peoples from hundreds of distinct cultures practiced astronomy, invented the canoe and cotton clothes, transformed the Amazon into a vast orchard, and used thousands of plants-from avocado to zucchini, from corn to tobacco-destined to change the entire world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599351438
Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/2011
Series: Morgan Reynolds World History Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Past Evolving Over Time 9

Chapter 2 Solving Prehistory's Mysteries 17

Chapter 3 Forgotten Cities 33

Chapter 4 Harvest 57

Chapter 5 Rubber Balls and Khipus 77

Sources 97

Bibliography 99

Web Sites 119

Glossary 120

Index 121

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