Interaction of Europeans and Amerindians

Interaction of Europeans and Amerindians
Charles C. Mann`s exceptional book, ‘1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created’ and Titu Cusi`s book, "History of How the Spaniards Arrived in Peru", challenge previous understandings of the interactions between Europeans and Amerindian peoples in the years following Columbus’ first landfall in America. The two books present a history of the interaction between Europeans and Asians during the sixteenth century.
Before the arrival of Columbus in the Caribbean, the term American Indian or Amerindian was used to refer to the indigenous people of America including the indigenous people of Canada. This was specifically used for people who lived in North America. This term was used to refer to a form of cultural homogeneity. Mann`s book looks at the formation of America in terms of economics of production (Mann 50). In fact, he uses candied fruits, gardens and nuts as essential aspects in his book, to show the effect of the arrival of Columbus. Mann says that the arrival of Columbus came with the introduction of new plants, germs, animals and people from other continents. This brought about mass population and economic gains because of labor availability and ways of production. He clearly captures the costs and benefits of globalization (Mann 56).
Titu Cusi`s book presents the vision of the vanquished, which brings up the fall of the INCA state. The book provides a historical narrative of the native Andeans in the Spanish colonial period. It traces the history of INCAs, the American people of Peru before Spaniards discovered America and before the arrival of Columbus (Yupangui and Julien 87).
The two books trace the history of America from the agricultural economic-base period. The two books show the interaction of Europeans and Amerindians as influenced by adventures and agriculture.
In conclusion, both Mann and Cusi emphasize on heroic adventures and agricultural explorations as the determinant factors of the interaction of the Europeans and Amerindians as opposed to slavery as believed by many people.
Works cited
Mann, Charles C. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. New York: Knopf
Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011.print.
Yupangui, Titu cussi and Catherine J. Julien. History of how the Spaniards arrived in Peru.
Indiana: Hackett Publishing, 2006.print.