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The First Global Man

The Americas Before and After Columbus

Author: Jeremy Adelman
May/June 2012
Foreign Affairs


A pair of books by Charles Mann describe life in the Americas before and after Columbus linked the hemispheres and kicked off the first era of globalization. It turns out that the New World was far more technologically advanced than subsequent generations have realized, with plenty to teach the Old -- especially about how to simultaneously exploit and preserve key natural resources.

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