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When Columbus landed in 1492, the New World was far from being a vast expanse of empty wilderness: it was home to some seventy-five million people. They ranged from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego, spoke as many as two thousand different languages, and lived in groups that varied from small bands of hunter-gatherers to the sophisticated and dazzling empires of the Incas and Aztecs. This brilliantly detailed and documented volume brings together essays by fifteen leading scholars field to present a comprehensive and richly evocative portrait of Native American life on the eve of Columbus's first landfall.

Developed at the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian and edited by award-winning author Alvin M. Josehpy, Jr., America in 1492 is an invaluable work that combines the insights of historians, anthropologists, and students of art, religion, and folklore. Its dozens of illustrations, drawn from largely from the rare books and manuscripts housed at the Newberry Library open a window on worlds flourished in the Americas five hundred years ago.

Alfred A. Knopf publisher 1992, 477pp, h/c, dj with protective mylar cover, b/w photos/facsimiles etc.

Ex library issue with usual attachments, endorsements, light tape discolouration. Light pencil marks to ffep, wear to bottom board edge, light soiling to text block, slight wave to text block.

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