1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus - Chapter 3: In the Land of Four Quarters Summary & Analysis

Charles C. Mann
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In the 1960s, anthropologist Henry F. Dobyns worked on Indian birth and death rates and got his hands on every available source including those found in cathedrals and governmental offices. Dobyns made the comparison between the British and the Wampanoag and the Spanish and the Inka. His conclusion was that every Indian culture eventually fell to European aggression. But why?

In 1491, the Inka nation was the greatest empire in the world. The terrain within the empire ran the gamut from rainforest to desert. Politically, the Inka emperor wanted to unite the diverse groups that existed within the empire. As a result, they removed entire communities from their homelands to relocate them and force them to work with other groups. They developed a way for the diverse groups to communicate with a method called “Talking Knots.” Pachakuti, the founding...

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