DISCOVERY OR BEING DISCOVERED
- How many [in Mexico & North America] Indians at the time of "discovery"? 1 million or 10 million or more????
- How many "Indians" were there at the conclusion of the 19th century?
- Whole hemisphere??? (75 to 100 million, compared with 70 million for Europe)
EUROPE IN 1492
- No tomatoes, potatoes or maize
- Sparsely populated by todayís standards: British Isles = 5 million
- Technology was Iron & draught animals
- Politically, feudal & kingship obligations
- People stayed near their birthplace
- Catholic Church exercised enormous force
- Most Europeans were still living in the ruins of the Roman Empire
- The church saw itself as the heir, making a connection between Christendom, Civilization, & Rome
- Most important non-Christian civilization was Islam
- Established a Islamic state in Spain since 756
- Islam & Christianity are similar: peoples of THE BOOK, militant, possessors of a universal & exclusive truth, prophet based, warrior faiths & favored/celebrated martyrdom, Holy Wars, etc.
- In 1492, witnessed by Columbus himself, the last Moorish King submitted to Ferdinand & Isabella (who married in 1469, uniting two family houses to uproot the Moors)