The Atlantic – C. Mann

(1) How does Mann dispel Western concepts about pre-Columbian America?

The arrival of the Mayflower in Cape Cod signs the beginning of the crumbling of an entire civilization. Europeans brought to America a technological progress unknown to a still rural and sterile society which was still living without firearms and vessels that will soon have to discover the bloody price of innovations. Without a doubt and halt the power of the progress from overseas completely alienated a society of millions of peaceful souls who often tried to fight to defend their territory and their life. The Indians had no strategies nor the army with horses and guns used by Europeans nor were familiar to quarantines to protect and cure themselves from of all the multiples plagues shoveled on them. The arrival of innovations in America from the capitalist mind of power and conquer accomplished only to subdue, alienate and annihilate a civilization which was prospering on its terms.

(2) Why was native agricultural technology an important legacy to the rest of the world?

After the arrival of Columbus in the Americas, the clash of the two civilizations left signs and consequences of both cultures. The Europeans were technological advantaged compared with the Indians, who had no idea on what was possible accomplish with steel, iron and other sorts of metals already widely used from the overseas’ friends. However, Indians, on the other hand, were masters in agriculture like nobody else in the rest of Europe and that is why most of the produce – cultivated nowadays in Europe and the rest of the world – came straight from the Indians’ agriculture developments. One among the many foods to mention is the corn which was cultivated by the Indians in different growing conditions, and that is why was possible to spread it across the globe.

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