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Africa - Humans have lived here longer than anywhere else in the world. Development is inhibited by its north-south axis, the lack of big animals that could be domesticated, and the relative lack of domesticated wild plants.

Alphabet - The writing strategy employed by most people today. It ideally provides a unique symbol or letter for each basic sound within a language.

The Americas - Diamond suggests that this continent had disadvantages because of the relative lack of plants and animals that could be domesticated, as well as a north-south axis of orientation, which inhibited the spread of technology and innovations.

Atahuallpa - An Inca emperor in the 1500's, he was the monarch of the largest and most advanced state in the Americas at this time. His troops, although greater in number, faced the disadvantages of a lack of horses, more advanced weaponry, and less knowledge about...

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