Analysis Of The Book ' 1491 ' By Charles C. Mann

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1) The book, 1491, by Charles C. Mann gives readers a deeper insight into the Americas before the age of Columbus, explaining the development and significance of the peoples who came before us. Moreover, Mann’s thesis is such; the civilizations and tribes that developed the Americas prior to the discovery by Europeans arrived much earlier than first presumed, were far greater in number, and were vastly more sophisticated than we had earlier believed. For instance, Mann writes, regarding the loss of Native American culture:
“Here, at last, we begin to appreciate the enormity of the calamity, for the disintegration of native America was a loss not just to those societies but to the human enterprise as a whole. . . . The Americas were a boundless sea of novel ideas, dreams, stories, philosophies, religions, moralities, discoveries, and all the other products of the mind”(137).
Within this passage, Mann explains how the loss of Native America to the havoc of European arrival robbed the world of numerous advanced societies, who had not only developed the land itself, but also had explored the fields of politics, literature, religion, and science. Furthermore, in order for the Native Americans to nurture such advanced ideas, they also must of have settled in the Americas thousands of years prior to originally believed. Thus, the thesis of the book is that the societies that existed in times before European integration were great in number, early in arrival, and sophisticated in…
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