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Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Summary
Eduardo Galeano

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Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Summary

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Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano is the story of the plundering of Latin American countries by foreign invaders. The historical account covers roughly five centuries. The book originally written to cover Latin American events and history through 1970 was provided with an addendum in 1978. This new chapter is entitled "The Last Seven Years." This last chapter is an update to information provided in the first version and is an account of reaction to the book and progress made since it was first published.

The chronology begins with the discovery of Latin America by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Columbus had been sponsored by the Spanish Queen Isabella to sail west to India and to its riches. The discovery of the giant land mass in between—the Americas—was a surprise to Columbus and his crew. The inhabitants were...

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