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  1. bob bob

    This shouldn’t be too surprising. People like Charles C. Mann have been advancing the idea that much of the Americas had populations that were significantly larger before the European explorers arrived (including the Amazon river area). The first explorers introduced diseases that spread throughout the Americas and killed off much of the population. When later explorers and settlers arrived, they found “pristine” landscapes inhabited by small groups of nomadic gatherer-hunters whose ancestors had, in some cases, previously been sedentary farmers in large communities who had altered the landscape to a considerable degree.
    What that means is that the cultures and the landscapes that the Europeans found wasn’t what was there before 1492…

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