Essay On Pre-Columbian Civilizations

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Developing civilizations since the beginning of time have lacked the sophistication that European empires have exemplified. Pre-columbian indians have been said to come close to the greatness that surrounds the characteristics of a sophisticated society. Though native accomplishments have proven a technological feat, their civilizations didn't acquire the domestication of large animals, steel weaponry, steady production of goods, functioning currency, communication with other empires, or smart military tactics that further define the sophistication of an empire. Pre-columbian civilizations were built on complex systems that seem to only work in such conditions they were in at the time. Beginning with the Inca economic system which had a non existent currency. Surely the natives were making a mistake. The way trade was set up allowed the populations to easily exchange goods for others without a form of payment. When no form of payment or data collection is recorded, a large over production of goods is presented. Spanish explorer accounts noted “warehouses over flowing …show more content…
Europe and Asia were able to domesticate the horse and other large species, later on used for transportation, facilitation of harsh labor, and war tactic. The only large animal to become domesticated in pre-columbian peru was the llama. Not including dogs and guinea pigs, the llama was the only animal used for rural work. They had no domesticated animals compared to the horse. The llama was small, unable to fully aid the the indians in time of confrontation especially with the arrival of spaniards. All in all, indians failed at the attempt to domesticate a fully useful animal. Author Charles C. Mann wrote, “the new world had fewer animal candidates for taming the old”, which he refers to the reason why the natives struggled with animal

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