America Before Columbus
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In the first 150 years of contact, entire civilizations are wiped out by 'accidental biological warfare'. Imported animals such as pigs, cows, and horses spread throughout the land. European wheat and weeds conquer the continent. And they also take away, cutting down whole forests and depleting the bountiful fish supplies, just as they had done at home. Back in Europe, the introduction of New World plants revolutionizes agriculture and the diets of Old World nations.
In the 18th century, the Columbian Exchange is in full swing. In North America, oak and chestnut forests are replaced by apple and peach trees. Where once bison roamed, cattle spread. The metamorphosis of the Americas is nearly completed. The Atlantic coast has been transformed in the image of England, France, and Spain. The settlers have not discovered a New World. They have created one - in their own image.
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