Post-classical history

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

A deeply engaging new history of how European settlements in the post-Colombian Americas shaped the world, from the bestselling author of 1491.

The post-Columbian network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City—where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted—the center of the world.

INTRODUCTION / In the Homogenocene

Chapter 1. Two Monuments

PART ONE / Atlantic Journeys

Chapter 2. The Tobacco Coast

Chapter 3. Evil Air

PART TWO / Pacific Journeys

Chapter 4. Shiploads of Money (Silk for Silver, Part One)

Chapter 5. Lovesick Grass, Foreign Tubers, and Jade Rice (Silk for Silver, Part Two)

PART THREE / Europe in the World

Chapter 6. The Agro-Industrial Complex

Chapter 7. Black Gold

PART FOUR / Africa in the World

Chapter 8. Crazy Soup

Chapter 9. Forest of Fugitives

CODA / Currents of Life

Chapter 10. In Bulalacao

Appendix A: Globalization in Beta

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