Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World Jack Weatherford explains how the peoples of the Americas have been forgotten for. Indian Givers turned out to be an educational and at the same time very sobering read. Because while Jack Weatherford makes a very strong point as to why the. “As entertaining as it is contemporary writers have Weatherford’s talent for making the deep sweep of history seem vital and immediate.”.

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Most interested in the way Indians influenced settlers with agriculture such as clearing areas to plant. Everyone knew Columbus had not reached India, and everyone nevertheless insists on calling the natives of western continent “Indian”, perpetrating a lie, not merely an inaccuracy. It may have originated in Europe or been imported from Asia where the Chinese considered the Europeans as barbarians”, or from Idnian.

By the supply of precious metals had increased approximately eightfold.

Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 4 26, 3. Jun 11, Cindy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I was able to connect the information in this book with what I know of world largely European history.

They made a single economy of the world.

I think I learned more about my European roots through Weatherford’s reflections on Native American advancements than I could have from any history of Europe. That dude from Marathon that delivered some message about a battle – what a wimp!

It may have evolved differently or on a different time scale, but I believe it would have happened. This is however a very tough read though it is short. Aug 19, Runningfox rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: And then, to belatedly allow that the natives “contributed” to US and “transformed the world” – hellow, they did not massacre all newly arriving migrants, in fact they helped the migrants settle like all good neighbours do, and so they in fact are the founding stone of the edifice in every way!

The ability to calculate even more complicated mathematics, like the Aztecs had? Add to Your books. For the givers who received only victimisation in return? Just corn and potatoes by themselves had revolutionized agriculture forever. They domesticated potatoes and maize that became staple foods of large areas of Eurasia and Africa; they discovered the healing power of the cinchona bark against malaria and of berries against scurvy; their labor mined the silver that financed the commercial revolution in early modern Europe; their political organization influenced European philosophers from Montaigne to Marx and Engels.


In general, this book purports native nations could do nothing wrong, and that they were victims. That feat was not duplicated until the US came up with the Pony Express, but the Incans had managed to do with – without the pony.

Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World

Begins with a beautiful morning ascent of a miner up the hollowed out slope of Cerro Rico from Potosi. And, I enjoyed finding out how beaver hats were made.

A good amount of vocabulary in English is borrowed from Arabic, Persian and India, while Latin and Greek are younger siblings if not daughters of Sanskrt and therefore the ease of India in European languages beginning with Englishrealised and perforce admitted by Europe long before the present era of denial.

Placing the filter to Indian Wdatherford that many use in reviewing any book about the Founding Fathers, Mr.

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Precious metals from the New World superceded land as the basis for wealth, power, and prestige. Cotton remains the most important and widely-used plant fiber in the world.

A good primer on the topic, but it really needs a complete update and revision. Uniforms were issued, and their regulation buckskin is now considered a symbol of “independence” and self-reliance they rarely achieved in their lives of increased indebtedness to the Company.

The Company pioneered labor techniques which proved effective in modern factories in the 19th century. Feb 23, Roberto Palet rated it it was amazing Recommended to Roberto by: The example of American Indian governance was a true catalyst that helped America’s Founding Fathers think outside the box, beyond the Old World monarchies and limited attempts and outlines of democracy by the Greeks.


But Indians had life pretty easy in some ways. The spectacular setting and the exquisitely wrought stone buildings evoke much speculation and “romantic rubbish about the purpose of the city”.

Indian Givers

Still, it is a book that is a good place to start for generating ideas and conversation. References to this work on external resources.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. The ensuing trade began “to raise the mercantile system to a degree of splendour and glory which it could never otherwise have attained”. To examine historical problems, Weatherford starts each chapter with a modern anecdote, and then steps back in time to historize the issue at hand. This is a college level book for college level scholars. The patches, at all elevations and angles of the the sun, are visible today as a kind of agricultural testing station.


The most recent book I read was a short one but it offered a new perspective which I just noticed seemed to be what I look for in a book. The work focuses on indigenous groups in Central and South America, though in places its scope extends as far north as to include territory in the southern United States. While I iack disagree that Marx and other revolutionaries that followed were influenced by the Iroquois confederacy, I think the author spent too much time on it and seemed to be promoting it.

These belated acknowledgements are better than never, and what next? May 30, David R. From metals to agriculture to medicine, Native Americ This book made me proud to be an American–and even weayherford aware that my family’s migration from Europe to America may have stemmed from the dramatic innovations of Native Americans!

Everyone knew Columbus had not reached India, and everyone nevertheless insists on calling the natives of western continent “Indian”, perpetrating a lie, n The title of the book has two inaccuracies amounting to lies, to begin with.

But I am glad that I read this book.