History Essay Prompt 1 - 1 Leilani Alvarez Dr Sharon Allen History 100-501 Essay Prompt 1 Pristine Myth The Landscape of the Americas in 1492 states

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1 Leilani Alvarez Dr. Sharon Allen History 100-501 February 15 2019 Essay Prompt 1 Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the Americas in 1492, states that in 1492 America was populated by the untouched wilderness, in other words, it was pristine and untouched by civilization .“the pristine myth”—the belief that the Americas in 1491 were an almost unmarked, even Edenic land, “untrammeled by man,”[C.M,pg.2] Although there are substantial evidence states otherwise that there were already alterations made by Native Americans. “Native American landscape of the early sixteenth century was a humanized landscape almost everywhere. Populations were large. Forest composition had been modified, grasslands had been created, wildlife disrupted, and erosion was severe in places. Earthworks, roads, fields, and settlements were ubiquitous. With Indian depopulation in the wake of Old World disease, the environment recovered in many areas.”[WM.D] Aside from that it seems that there wasn't as much of a human presence in 1750 then there was in 1492. As for, in the article “Diversity in Aboriginal America” by Vincent Parrillo refers to the “uncivilized” myth speaks on the portrayal of Native Americans as barbaric savages with no culture that was off base. “Those early explorers, missionaries, traders, soldiers, colonial officials, and settlers were untrained observers who generalized about the various tribes as if they were a single entity”[22]. In regards to the
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