While it is commonly believed that Christopher Columbus was the first to make a successful round-trip voyage to the Americas, in recent years new evidence has cast this idea into doubt. It suggests that there may have been Chinese and Viking "discoveries" of the New World that predate Columbus's arrival. This book considers these possibilities and describes the complex societies explorers would have found, built by the tens of millions of people native to North and South America. Full-color illustrations. Includes notes and a select bibliography.
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Freedman demonstrates how North and South America have been discovered and settled over and over since the Stone Age. In lively, graceful prose, he invites readers to ponder serious historical questions. Straightforward explanations of various historical theories include evidence for and against their validity. The book's design adds to its appeal, with plenty of color, ample white space, and carefully chosen illustrations. Bib., ind.