Uncovering The New Worlds Columbus Created
By Charles C. Mann
The sequel to 1491 is a fascinating story of the Columbian Exchange and its impact on globalization. South American crops like corn, potatoes and tomatoes cause huge population growth in Asia and Europe. Mosquitoes from Africa and Europe decimate Native American populations. Sugar cane and tobacco create the slave economies. An entirely new and virtually undocumented hybrid society of African, European and Native American rose up outside the reach of European slavers that exists to this day. The most fascinating anecdote was in the 1500s when the Spanish hired Japanese Samurai to protect gold and silver shipments from Chinese pirates. Does anyone remember the old online debate between ninjas and pirates? Apparently there was some basis for it. This book will challenge everything you think you know about the past 500 years.
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