What America Looked Like In 1491

  • metta

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    Aug 10, 2012 5:35 PM GMT



    What America Looked Like In 1491

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    Aug 10, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    Interesting. I think I've never before seen a map like that. Curious how many names I'm familiar with. Surprised to see the Cherokee not as large as their fame. The map is incomplete though, it doesn't show where are the Seminole casinos.


    IN 1492

    In fourteen hundred ninety-two
    Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

    He had three ships and left from Spain;
    He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

    He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
    He used the stars to find his way.

    A compass also helped him know
    How to find the way to go.

    Ninety sailors were on board;
    Some men worked while others snored.

    Then the workers went to sleep;
    And others watched the ocean deep.

    Day after day they looked for land;
    They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

    October 12 their dream came true,
    You never saw a happier crew!

    "Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried;
    His heart was filled with joyful pride.

    But "India" the land was not;
    It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

    The Arakawa natives were very nice;
    They gave the sailors food and spice.

    Columbus sailed on to find some gold
    To bring back home, as he'd been told.

    He made the trip again and again,
    Trading gold to bring to Spain.

    The first American? No, not quite.
    But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 10, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    There is a great book that is called 1491

    and it chronicals what America was like before us Europeans came
    not only politically... and Sociologically but biologically

    The Ameicas was a VERY different place from what we see today
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    Aug 10, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
    Damn. Native Americans were so good at making maps.
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    Aug 10, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    bit unaccurate considering most anthros set the number of "tribes" in North America @ ~500 @ the time of the invasion.
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 10, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    notadumbjock saidbit unaccurate considering most anthros set the number of "tribes" in North America @ ~500 @ the time of the invasion.


    Look close and you'll see that this map isnt depicting tribes or 'nations' as they are known up here in Canada, but linguistic groups. Huge difference.
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    Aug 11, 2012 11:02 AM GMT
    ^^^ then why does it list Nations? if it was solely linguistic families, they'd just list the linguistic families, rt?