Monday, November 4, 2013

Columbus, Just Look At The Mess You Made!

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
Review by Jason Koivu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1493 is all over the place...and that's a good thing.

Charles C. Mann's follow up to his spectacular 1491 look at the pre-Columbian Americas is quite an admirable undertaking. Here he looks at the consequences of Columbus's voyages to the Americas. For better and/or for worse they had far reaching affects, especially biologically.

Mann's premise seems to state that Columbus was not a morally good man, but he should be celebrated as bringing about the world's biological homogenization. Though this is no murder mystery, I'm going to refrain from giving examples, because that would spoil the fun of reading 1493.

Hmmm...well, that doesn't give me much else to talk about.

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