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Before Columbus : the Americas of 1491

This study of Native American societies is adapted for younger readers from Charles C. Mann's best-selling 1491. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, the book argues that the people of North and South America lived in enormous cities, raised pyramids hundreds of years before the Egyptians did, engineered corn, and farmed the rainforests
Print Book, English, ©2009
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, New York, ©2009
Young adult literature
Ages 8 up. Middle School. 1080
ix, 117 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm
9781416949008, 1416949003
1: How old was the "new world"?
Cities in the desert
Genetic engineering
From Olmec to Maya
To the land of four quarters
2: Why did Europe succeed?
The great meeting
Long, long ago
Disease-free paradise?
3: Were the Americas really a wilderness?
Land of fire
The created wilderness
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Includes glossary