Archipelago Of forest islands, 30000 square miles Of forest mounds surrounded y raised fields and linked by causeways built by populous society around 2000 years ago. Erickson and Bullheadedness the conventions of what the western hemisphere was like before 1492. The area was not mostly wilderness but landscape changed by the native populations according to their needs. Recent scholarship about the landscape is controversial. Pristine myth by William Deanna. Indians rapped fish in seasonally flooded grass. To keep the land clear of any unwanted trees they set huge areas on fire regularly, And over time, tire adapted species emerged.
John Billing- mayflower survived during the extreme winter by killing the native Indians and robbing their graves and houses. But the epidemic (viral hepatitis) may have killed 90 percent tot the people in New England. How many people lived in Americas before Columbus? William Denver wrote a book in 1976. Dobson concluded that Indians in Peru had faced plagues from the day when the conquistadors showed up. Brought to Mexico by a sick Spaniard around 1575 and eliminated more than half of the population of the Inca Empire. Small pox was the first Epidemic, Typhus in 1546, Influenza, Diphtheria, Measles.
How many people were there to begin with if most of the people died by these epidemics? Native Americans had no experiences with these diseases. Sotto landed in Tampa, Florida. Very rich merchant. The worst things the Spanish did was to bring the pigs. After a century, a Frenchman La sale came in and the civilization crumbled. Epidemic disease. The diseases by pigs spread much more quickly than the Small pox and measles. Between Sotto and La sale the population fell drastically. Indians had no knowledge of how to combat them. Dobby insisted on the role of diseases. Bracketing walked into the ruins of the Indian city.
Indians were not feeble barbarians and destitute of political connections and commerce, Indian groups independently created all the Neolithic inventions like wheel, metal tool and agriculture. Agricultural goods were imported through out the world like Ireland, Italy and Thailand. Indians developed extraordinary variety tot Maize varieties which spread through out the planet. Botanical gardens were seen, James Wilson says that western hemisphere was larger, richer and more populous than Europe.