Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What a long strange trip it's been.

I stumbled upon this excellent documentary, fits right in with my current musing on the latest news from the Antarctic and the woefully predictable reactions from the climate science denialist crowd.   

It's an interesting natural history of sorts, more to the point than most, tracking America's evolution over the past centuries, including some background on the progression of European society, and a look at the roots of the radical differences between Native America and European societies.  

If you are curious about how we got ourselves to this point in history, here's an introduction with plenty of background and food for thought.

National Geographic's

America Before Columbus


                

Upon the arrival of Columbus in 1492 in the Carabean Islands, unknown to Columbus (and majority of the Eastern Hemisphere), he landed on Islands located in the middle of two huge continents now known has North America and South America that was teaming with huge Civilizations (that rivaled any in the world at that time) and thousands of smaller Nations and Tribes. With recent estimations, the population may have been over 100 million people that spanned from Alaska and Green Land, all the to the tip of southern South America. 

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