By James West Davidson, Mark Lytle

ISBN-10: 0073385484

ISBN-13: 9780073385488

For greater than twenty-five years, After the Fact has guided scholars via American historical past and the tools used to check it. In dramatic episodes that stream chronologically via American historical past, this best-selling publication examines a vast number of themes together with oral facts, pictures, ecological facts, movies and tv courses, church and city files, census facts, and novels. no matter if for an introductory survey or for a ancient tools direction, After if truth be told the precise textual content to introduce readers, step-by-step, to the detective paintings and analytical ways historians use once they are literally doing historical past.

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10 AFTER. THE FACT: T:e::s ART OF HISTORICAL DETECTION At the the time of De Soto's death, the pigs accompanying the expedition numbered more than 700. The animals were an efficient way of providing protein to the expedition, but their importation into North America very likely sparked a chain reaction of unintended consequences. Finally, De Soto brought along pigs, a most efficient source of calories. W'hen slaughtered, more than 80 percent of the carcass could be consumed, compared with only 50 percent of a cow or sheep.

Or so it would seem. Over the past half century, however, historians have come to realize that they have taken far too narrow a view of the situation. Archaeologists have long excavated a wealth of evidence about societies lacking written records. Their efforts have expanded as more sites have been discovered, analyzed, and compared. Archaeologists have also made progress in deciphering Aztec and Mayan systems of writing and have unearthed inscriptions from the earlier Olmec and Zapotec civilizations.

To keep the animals from panicking and rearing, they were suspended from the ceiling below decks by canvas belts around Horses, not seen before by the their bellies, so that their hooves remained several inches above the Indians, were ofgreater strategic decking. Once ashore, the horses advantage to De Soto than firearms. were mounted by soldiers carry­ ing steel-tipped lances about 15 feet long. Indians on foot could not outrun these lancers; the safest response was to flee to a swamp, where the horses would flounder, or find shelter in canebrake or other thick vegetation.

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