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How did Guns Germs and Steel impact European colonialism?
Guns, germs and steel allowed Europeans to colonize vast tracts of the globe – but what happened when this all-conquering package arrived in Africa, the birthplace of humanity? The Zulus had built a sophisticated African state based on military conquest – and now they resisted European invasion.
What is Jared Diamond’s explanation for why the Spanish had advanced to steel swords while the Inca were still making tools and weapons from bronze?
2. What is Jared Diamond’s explanation for why the Spanish had advanced to steel swords while Inca’s were still making tools and weapons from bronze? Answer: Because Europe was geographically close to the Fertile Crescent, they inherited the 7,000 years of metal technology that had been developed there.
What is the main idea of Guns Germs and Steel?
In Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond outlines the theory of geographic determinism, the idea that the differences between societies and societal development arise primarily from geographical causes. The book is framed as a response to a question that Diamond heard from Yali, a charismatic New Guinean politician.
Why couldn’t the Incas read or write?
Why couldn’t the Incas read or write? The Sumarians were the only ones to every invent reading or writing and it spread because of geography. It didn’t spread because of geography; different climates and vegetaiton.
Did the Incas use horses?
The Incas were not allowed to ride horses for centuries after the Spanish occupation began. When Native peoples acquired horses in Chile, Argentina, and the U.S. Great Plains, for example, they quickly became superior riders and used their horses to fight off the European invaders for years.
Why was writing such an advantage for the Spanish?
What advantages did the Spanish have over the Incas? Why was writing an advantage to the groups that had it? it was an advantage because they were able to share strategies and know how others had done it before, like the mayan conqueror who wrote his strategy that the inca conqueror read his strategy.
What percentage of native peoples died from infectious diseases brought by the Spanish?
When the Europeans arrived, carrying germs which thrived in dense, semi-urban populations, the indigenous people of the Americas were effectively doomed. They had never experienced smallpox, measles or flu before, and the viruses tore through the continent, killing an estimated 90% of Native Americans.