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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
With 1493, Charles C. Mann follows up his successful 1491 and examines the effect of Columbus' discovery of the New World. Not only did Europeans bring disease that decimated native populations, but they also unknowingly transported insects, fungi, and spores back and forth. Eventually, larger animals and cultivated plants began to move worldwide. Once trade routes were open to China, the wholesale trading of goods affected history, cultural, and biodiversity of not only the Americas, but Asia, Europe, and Africa too. 1493 has received positive reviews with BookPage saying, "There is so much more in Mann's engaging and well-written book. Information and insight abound on every page. This dazzling display of erudition, theory and insight will help readers to view history in a fresh way."