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An outbreak of a disease known as the “black vomit” prevents the English from strengthening their hold in “The New World” in the eighteenth century, with huge repercussions; the untimely death of an emperor prevents Chinese and Portuguese explorers from meeting along the coast of West Africa in the fifteenth century; the most significant factor in the Spanish exploration ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 26th 2000 by Basic Books (first published 1999)
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Because these essays were all written separately and then later anthologized, this book ends up feeling a little unbalanced. There's a lot about Columbus here. Really.

It's interesting enough, though. And I appreciated some tangents, including discussions of some of his rivals' activities, what happened to his family after he came home, and how New World plants affected European gardens. I also enjoyed some of the more random essays, especially one on how Eurodisney may have gotten such a bad re
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