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America Before Columbus

La Nina at sail. La Nina was one of the three ships that Columbus set sail with. Columbus's destination was the Orient. His vision was to go beyond the horizon and conquer the route to India.

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History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature. But scientific evidence tells a very different story: When Columbus stepped ashore in 1492, millions of people were already living there. America wasn't exactly a "New World," but a very old one whose inhabitants had built a vast infrastructure of cities, orchards, canals and causeways.