What events from half a millennium ago can teach us about the globalization debate today.
In 2005, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann came to be regarded as the most ambitious and sweeping look at pre-Columbus North and South America ever published. This month, Mann is back with 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created — a fascinating look at one of the lesser-known, lesser-considered aspects of what happened when Columbus and his crew set foot on American soil: the environmental upheaval that began as they brought plants, animals and diseases that forever changed the local biosphere, both in America and in Europe once the explorers returned to the Old World. Known as The Columbian Exchange, this process is considered the most important ecological event since the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the paradoxes at its heart echo today’s polarized views of globalization as either a great cross-pollinator or a great contaminator of cultures.
Tons of evidence exists of Muslim expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean well before Columbus. This is their story. (On this day (3 August 1492), Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain to the New World.
This is a fascinating pair of films from National Geographic that look at the Columbian Exchange, by examining the ecological state of the Old World and the New World before Columbus sailed to the Americas, and again what ...
The Columbian Exchange. May 28, 2012 by Pioneer Sentinel. By Travis Childs. Pioneer Sentinel. Did Columbus really discover America? He did not know it was America, millions already lived there, and other non-Indians had been there ...
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