Heroic endeavour or disaster of hemispheric proportions? What is certain is that Columbus's discovery of the New World resulted in biological and cultural exchanges unprecedented in the history of human populations. This volume brings together eleven scholars--from both sides of the Atantic and from the disciplines of history, archaeology, anthropology, geography, and biology--to discuss the nature of the European conquest and its consequences. A major theme is the complex process by which Europeans and Amerindians adapted to create new criollo cultures which are distinctively American: the successes and failures of this process are evident in Latin American today. The multidisciplinary scope of this volume makes a major contribution to our understanding of the enormous changes that followed Columbus's expedition.
`the five general essays...range more widely, and the unusual attention to the Caribbean and to the Atlantic littoral can be justified by the quality of these particular essays...The book is handsomely produced'
Society for Latin American Studies
`For geographers interested in the early colonial Americas, the volume provides a very useful discussion of key topics, and the generous referencing to an ample literature facilitates the pursuit of further research publications...this is a valuable...addition to the literature.'
The Geographical Journal
Series: Proceedings of the British Academy : Book 81
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 24th February 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.5
Weight (kg): 0.83