new spot nearby the kitchen
the western hemisphere before 1492. it was, in the current view, a thriving, stunningly diverse place, a tumult of languages, trade, and culture, a region where tens of millions of people loved and hated and worshipped as people do everywhere. much of this world vanished after columbus, swept away by disease and subjugation. so thorough was the erasure that within a few generations neither the conqueror nor conquered knew that this world existed. now, though, it is returning to view. it seems incumbent on us to take a look.
1491 : new revelations of the americas before columbus, charles c. mann