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"1493 for Young People" takes this popular history of the explosion that happened post-Columbus and makes it a comprehensible tale. The Columbian Exchange was absolutely b-a-n-a-n-a-s, a biological free-for-all that makes today's globalism seem tame by comparison
There are so many moments that made me think, "Wow, I didn't know that!" Take the "biological bedlam" that came when the Spanish unwittingly brought scale insects to the Caribbean whose sugary excrement ignited the population of native fire ants which in turn destroyed entire plantations and orchards, or that Europeans already knew the world was round, but Columbus was trying to prove that it was pear shaped!
Stefoff simplifies the book, making it fully comprehensible for young people, and narrator James Fouhey is careful and clear.
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