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1493 by Charles C. Mann
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Aug 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, own, vine
Read from August 09 to 26, 2011 — I own a copy

There was so much information packed into this book regarding The Columbian Exchange and I found much of it fascinating, though some of it came off as tedious. The Columbian Exchange started when the first explorers (including Christopher Columbus) introduced foreign species – flora, fauna and microorganisms – into new environments. I was especially intrigued by the correlation between malaria in North America, the Mason-Dixon Line, and immunity of West Africans who were imported as slaves. When it came to crops being dispersed throughout the world and the benefits and disadvantages this caused, especially in relation to China, I struggled to remain interested. Despite that, there were enough captivating tidbits explaining the how globalization aided in the population boom and the interconnectedness of events that caused the agricultural and industrial revolution. The history of Europeans in the Americas and the blending of races illustrated how the world is becoming homogenous. While monotonous at times, 1493 takes the concept of cause and effect to a global level and I came away from it having learned a great deal.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.

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