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Sep 15th, 2010 at 11:43pm
 
I read a book recently called 1491. It is all about documented early contacts with the natives of north and south America and there effects on the landscape. In this book cortez writes the inkas killed some of his horses with slings.Imagine that! Also cortez writes that the inkas had a method of heating stones until they were red hot, then wrapping cotton cloth that had been soaked in pitch around the hot stone and when they threw it it would burst into flames. Cortez and his men took cover in a stone building while being bombarded for an entire week!
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Reply #1 - Sep 16th, 2010 at 3:27pm
 
Hernan Cortez conquered the Aztecs, Francisco Pizarro conquered the Incas.
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Reply #2 - Sep 16th, 2010 at 6:24pm
 
Your right ! I did something wrong. I stand corrected. I will rustle up that book and get back to this reply.
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Reply #3 - Sep 20th, 2010 at 10:49am
 
Rockman wrote on Sep 16th, 2010 at 3:27pm:
Hernan Cortez conquered the Aztecs, Francisco Pizarro conquered the Incas.

Hernan Cortez lead a whole bunch of smaller groups against the Aztecs, said smaller groups were mostly civilizations the Aztecs didn't do a very good job of conquering. Pizarro took advantage of an unstable political situation regarding the rulers, and abused Montezuma's trust so as to depose the Incas.

The weaponry both Aztec and Inca warriors employed was known to be very dangerous, it wasn't the gun that allowed the conquering, or even the disease, it was the political systems in the new world, and their lack of redundancy.
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Reply #4 - Sep 20th, 2010 at 1:15pm
 
It could also be influenced by the lack of large pack animals and any transportation animals in the New World which made it impossible to field cavalry against the Conquistadors, hard to disperse information to other population centers, and hard to gather large forces in one area quickly.
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Reply #5 - Jan 22nd, 2011 at 1:55pm
 
why is the book called 1491
america was discovered in 1492
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Reply #6 - Jan 24th, 2011 at 8:54pm
 
Germany wrote on Jan 22nd, 2011 at 1:55pm:
why is the book called 1491
america was discovered in 1492


Maybe the journey started in 1491?   Undecided
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Reply #7 - Jan 24th, 2011 at 9:26pm
 
Columbus didn't leave Europe until 1492. I think 1491 is just a typo.
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Reply #8 - Jan 26th, 2011 at 2:50pm
 
Maybe the year 1491 was as important as 1492. They probably planned the whole expedition for a long time and needed to stock.
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Reply #9 - Jan 26th, 2011 at 2:57pm
 
hmm...maybe?
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Reply #10 - Jan 27th, 2011 at 10:22pm
 
I got curious about the book, so I went to Wikipedia. Apparently it's about the status of Native Americans before the arrival of Colombus; at least that's its main thrust.
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Reply #11 - Feb 16th, 2011 at 2:39pm
 
Germany wrote on Jan 22nd, 2011 at 1:55pm:
why is the book called 1491
america was discovered in 1492

No it wasn´t, try telling an Icelander that...
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Reply #12 - Feb 17th, 2011 at 12:56am
 
Knaight wrote on Sep 20th, 2010 at 10:49am:
Rockman wrote on Sep 16th, 2010 at 3:27pm:
Hernan Cortez conquered the Aztecs, Francisco Pizarro conquered the Incas.

Hernan Cortez lead a whole bunch of smaller groups against the Aztecs, said smaller groups were mostly civilizations the Aztecs didn't do a very good job of conquering. Pizarro took advantage of an unstable political situation regarding the rulers, and abused Montezuma's trust so as to depose the Incas.

The weaponry both Aztec and Inca warriors employed was known to be very dangerous, it wasn't the gun that allowed the conquering, or even the disease, it was the political systems in the new world, and their lack of redundancy.


Montezuma was Aztec...
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Reply #13 - Feb 27th, 2011 at 10:28am
 
When the spanish were conquering the incas, they did not fear there spears or swords, as the spanish were more skilled at close range fighting.  They did not fear their bows, because the arrows would break on their armor.  The Spanish did, however fear the incan slingers.  A good stone thrown from a skilled slinger could hit the spaniard, go through his armor, and sometimes even exit the body from the rear.  Even if the stone did not penetrate the armor, it could deal serious internal injury due to the crushing nature of the projectile.
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Reply #14 - Apr 29th, 2011 at 6:22pm
 
columbus colonized the americas. the real discoverer, even before the vikings was amerigo vespucci. i had to do a reasearch paper on him last year.
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