1493

1493

Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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Although it had just finished raining, the air was hot and close. Nobody else was in sight; the only sound other than those from insects and gulls was the staticky low crashing of Caribbean waves. Around me on the sparsely covered red soil was a scatter of rectangles laid out by lines of stones: the outlines of now- vanished buildings, revealed by archaeologists. Cement pathways, steaming faintly from the rain, ran between them. One of the buildings had more imposing walls than the others. The researchers had covered it with a new roof, the only structure they had chosen to protect from the rain. Standing like a sentry by its entrance was a hand- lettered sign: Casa Almirante, Admiral's House. It marked the first American residence of Christopher Columbus, Admiral of the Ocean Sea, the man whom generations of schoolchildren have learned to call the discoverer of the New World.
Publisher: [United States] : Books on Tape, 2011
ISBN: 9780307913777
0307913775
9780307913791
0307913791
Characteristics: 1 sound file (17 hr., 46 min.) :,digital

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Jan 10, 2017

A very insightful and highly edifying book. The narration was consistent, but the voice was just too deep; it became irritating at times. Although its a history book, there is relatively less narration of historical events (and where it occurs its a bit awkward) than there is explanation of numerous forces (but not all of them) that shaped world history after the discovery of the New World. Most of the most interesting explanations relate to biology, and how biological/ecological changes interacted with Man's 'sacred hunger' for wealth and power. The best example of this, for me, was the account of China in the second quarter or so the work. This book is a necessary addendum and corrective to any more conventional study of post-Columbus world history.

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madelinx
Oct 19, 2015

I stumbled across this and it was an incredible find, reminiscent of Guns, Germs, and Steel It explains in a lively way how globalization began in 1493 and shaped the present world. I totally agree with the glowing NY Times book review.

L1br0V0re May 09, 2012

Masterful presentation of some of the global consequences of the "Columbian exchange". The author explores intriguing questions such as how malaria might have been brought to the New World, how guano from the Americas may have caused the Irish potato famine, how Native American staples such as maize, sweet potatoes and potatoes improved the European and Chinese diet, how imported rubber trees of Brazil transformed Asian economies, and why the early colonization of the Americas after Columbus should rightly be characterized as African, rather than European. When I read of trade imbalances with China going all the way back to the sixteenth century, I realize that many of our 21st century were foreshadowed 500 years ago.

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