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Community Conversation

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Columbus: Myth, Meals, and Meaning
by Courtney Shah. October 10, 2013

Italian Cuisine?
(not before Columbus!)


"Erdapfel"
The oldest surviving
globe: 1492
The Norse arrive in North America:
circa 1000 CE

The lasting myths of Columbus:
Proving the world was round
Marco Polo's visit
1271-95
New World Foods:
Tomatoes
Potatoes
Corn
Chocolate
Pumpkins
Squash
Pre-Contact Native Americans
Arrived 20-40,000 Years Ago
Population est. 20-100 million
Advanced civilizations
Inca
Aztec
Mississippian
In fourteen hundred ninety two...
Further Reading:

• Washington Irving, The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (1828)
• Edward Everett Hale, The life of Christopher Columbus: from his own letters and journals and other documents of his time (1891) – primary sources
• Samuel Morison, Admiral of the Ocean Sea (1942); Christopher Columbus, Mariner (1954)
• Alfred W. Crosby, The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492 (1973)
• Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States (1980)
James Loewen, Teaching What Really Happened (2010)
• Charles C. Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (2011)


Columbus presenting the Spanish
Court with "Indians"
The "pox" -- syphilis in Europe
America's Bread Basket: Old World Wheat
Old World Diseases:
Smallpox
Measles
Influenza
Common Cold
Old World Animals:
Horses
Cows
Sheep
Pigs
The Norse (Vikings) arrived in eastern Canada about 1000 CE
Columbus is greeted by the Arawak
Italian Cuisine?
Irish Potato Farming in the19th Century
Corn Harvest in Kenya
Export of Africans into
the Atlantic Slave Trade
History via pop culture
Not before Columbus!
New World animals:
Llamas
Alpacas
Turkeys
Guinea Pigs
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