Essay on United States And Early European Societies

1504 Words Sep 29th, 2016 7 Pages
The world has been conditioned to believe that early European societies were the only advanced and highly populated nations for centuries. No one ever really tried or cared to look into what was happening in the New World, and when people did start to care, much of the Western Hemisphere’s culture had been erased. It has only happened within the past couple of centuries that real, fundamental research has gone into what the New World was like before Europeans set foot on it. Despite what society has been conditioned to believe for hundreds of years, Mann’s book 1491 stresses that American Indians have been around for much longer and were much more numerous than originally thought, and they had highly advanced societies that ultimately met their downfall by diseases brought by Europeans.
Theories such as the Clovis-first theory and research based on skeletal and tool findings has helped to establish that the New World was inhabited much earlier than society once thought. For centuries, many scholars turned to the “Lost Tribe” theory to reason where Native Americans had come from. The Bible references that the Hebrew tribes had split and many were never heard from again. This, along with Ussher’s chronology, which states that God created the world in 4004 BC, created the idea that American Indians were just descendants of the Hebrew tribes and had only arrived around 500 BC (Mann 159). This theory was accepted for many years, up until the discovery of tools in places like…

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