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Transcript of Jared Diamond
MORE CARGO THAN OTHERS? How did a few hundred Spaniards defeat the Aztecs & Incas? GUNS GERMS STEEL Why did the Spanish get to
the NEW WORLD before the Native
Americans arrived to the OLD WORLD? Ships Support from
Politcal Leadership Maps Diaries of
other explorers Why did Eurasia have the
nastiest diseases? Most domesticated animals which is
where most diseases come from measles influenza REQUIREMENTS FOR DOMESTICATION
can you feed it?
will it breed in captivity?
does it have a good attitude?
will it submit to humans?
will it remain calm when fenced in? WHY EURASIA? EAST-WEST vs. NORTH-SOUTH Same climate
same day lengths
easier adaptation for
plants & animals changes in climate
varying day lengths
shorter growing season
difficult adaptation for
plants & animals Can't be domesticated This is it? just us
llamas here Where the buffalo roam...
we don't like fences Eurasia had the productive cereal grains Can't do much with
macadamia nuts Before the British arrived...we were
all hunter/gathers here We used to connect to
Tasmania by a land bridge When the bridge went away
the people of the island forgot
EVERYTHING! INVENTION REQUIRES
contact with outside sources So what does this all mean? Environmental differences outwiegh biological
ones in determining the course of human history Us turkey's can't trot
all over because the weather
keeps changin'! YALI'S QUESTION: Based on Jared Diamond's Talk Why Did Human History Unfold Differently On
Different Continents For The Last 13,000 Years? THE EAST-WEST AXIS SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA &
THE AMERICAS HAVE A
NORTH-SOUTH AXIS WHAT ABOUT AUSTRALIA?