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America in 1492: The World of the Indian Peoples Before the Arrival of Columbus

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When Columbus landed in 1492, the New World was far from being a vast expanse of empty wilderness: it was home to some seventy-five million people. They ranged from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego, spoke as many as two thousand different languages, and lived in groups that varied from small bands of hunter-gatherers to the sophisticated and dazzling empires of the Incas and ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published February 2nd 1993 by Vintage (first published 1992)
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Introduction: The Center of the Universe by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.

Beginning with a brief accounting of their history, Josephy praises the bravery and persistence of the tenacious Carib peoples. It is from them that we have the word Cannibal, Columbus having been told by their enemies (Arawaks) that they ate human beings. And it was with these people that Columbus initiated the American slave trade.

Of all the depredations visited upon the native peoples, perhaps the most enduring has been the obsc
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Looked interesting after my daughter was doing research on paper about Columbus - was he good guy or bad? I was brought up with Columbus Day being national holiday, so glad to get this other perspective of how things were before the deluge. At best, he was seriously misguided, and his kidnapping of people just totally changed my mind about his intentions.
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An American historian who specialized in Native American topics. He served as a combat correspondent during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for his coverage of the U.S. capture of Guam. His interest in Native American history started during an assignment from Time Magazine.
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