Analysis of 1491 Essay

683 Words Nov 27th, 2014 3 Pages
Erin Flanagan
AP United States History
Mrs. Sue Magnus
December 8, 2014
Analysis of 1491 It has been thought for many years that the Americas were a vastly unpopulated land until Columbus came. However new evidence disputes this previously thought notion. Archeologist, who have been studying the remains of Native American culture, have found evidence suggesting that the Indians were in the Americas for much longer and in greater numbers than what was believed. This new evidence shows us the impact the Europeans had on the New World and gives us insight into what the Americas were like before the Europeans and what they may have been had the Europeans never settled here. It has long been wondered how many Native Americans lived in the
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Moreover, the immune system of the indigenous people also played a role. Simply put, a person’s immune system’s defensive tools are MHC types, most people have several different varieties of MHC types to protect against many different mutations of one pathogen but the indigenous people of America had homogenous MHC types.
There were two world altering centers of invention: the Middle East and central Mexico. All the inventions in the Middle East traveled all over Africa and Eurasia but the Americas had to do everything on their own. The America’s excelled mostly in agriculture and nearly half the grown today were developed in America. The Indians were very good at exploiting the land. Instead of just taking the land how it was they would shape it to what the needed primarily by burning it. When the Indians were gone all the areas they had made into savannahs became forest. A growing number of researchers believe that Indians had a large impact on the environment around them especially the jungle. Many people believe that the Amazon rainforest is an area totally untouched by man when in fact it is believed to have been either directly or indirectly created by human. Indians were also the keystone species of their environment and when they were gone it caused a huge shift in the ecological system. The population of many animals exploded,

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