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DVDs:Culture, History and Religion:Ancient Civilizations:America Before Columbus DVD

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America Before Columbus DVD

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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 us that 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. But after Columbus set foot in the Americas, an endless wave of explorers, conquistadors, and settlers arrived, and with each of their ships came a Noah's Ark of plants, animals—and disease. In the first 100 years of contact, entire civilizations were wiped out and the landscape was changed forever.


National Geographic embarks on an expedition into the mysterious world of ancient American history to shed a different light on the history of the Americas.


Bonus program: Columbus Landfall.


Not available for shipment outside of the U.S.


  • 1 disc; approximately 90 minutes
  • Widescreen
  • © 2010

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America Before Columbus DVD
 
3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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  • Informative (6)
  • Good resource (5)
  • Broad appeal (4)
  • Entertaining (4)
  • Relevant (4)

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    2.0

    Wrongly named

    By MP

    from Lafayette, Indiana

    Pros

    • Informative

    Cons

    • Expected Info On America
    • Wrongly Titled

    Best Uses

      Comments about America Before Columbus DVD:

      From the title I should have seen a documentary on AMERICA before Columbus. Instead a lot of information on Europe and America AFTER Columbus was what I saw. I expected to see a documentary only about the Americas and the inhabitants, fauna and flora. Though most of it was educational it was NOT what the title stated!
      PS Don't show a donkey then call it a mule. Somebody wasn't paying attention with that detail. How many other details weren't correct?

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      America Before Columbus

      By V

      from Irvine, CA

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Pros

      • Disappointing

      Cons

      • Disappointing
      • Obvious Bias

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      Comments about America Before Columbus DVD:

      Why did the film end with the white guy dropping coins into the black man's cup while the narrator speaks of the melting pot? Unnecessary.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent lesson

      By blgsgal

      from Seattle, WA

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      • Broad Appeal
      • Entertaining
      • Good Resource
      • Informative
      • Relevant
      • Reliable Research

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        Comments about America Before Columbus DVD:

        Great resource for the History teacher.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        LOVED THIS SHOW!

        By Annie talks to the animals

        from Westchester, NY

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        • Good Resource
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          Comments about America Before Columbus DVD:

          This was so informative and have been telling everyone about this episode! Learned a great deal more than what I was taught in grade school! Learning about how Christopher Columbus' exploration was formed and finally granted by the Queen of Spain....then the voyage itself! I was most saddened when watching the destruction of our planets trees (which we still do til this day)! Explaining the transference of two different diseases (in my opinion are the combined precursor of todays cancers) and how global slavery came into existence.
          What an amazing program and hope EVERYONE could see this in order to see the world as it truly was and its development into what it is today.

          Thank you National Geographic!!

           
          4.0

          very interesting

          By history buff

          from tx.

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          Pros

          • Broad Appeal
          • Enjoyed and learned some
          • Entertaining
          • Good Resource
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          • Would recommend to friend

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            Comments about America Before Columbus DVD:

            wanted to be entertained, was

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great teacher's resource

            By Soc. St. Teacher

            from WV

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            • Broad Appeal
            • Entertaining
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              Comments about America Before Columbus DVD:

              This corresponds with the WV 4th grade Social Studies CSO's in an interesting way. Can be used to reinforce what has been taught and/or an introduction to new material.

               
              5.0

              Learned more about our America

              By Nature/History buff

              from Boston, MA

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              Pros

              • Entertaining
              • Good Resource
              • Informative
              • Reliable Research
              • Very well done

              Cons

              • No cons

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              Comments about America Before Columbus DVD:

              I never lot about how all the bugs, animals, trees, vegetables, fruits, etc. got to the Americas. I thought it was very well done and very informative. I will watch it again and lend it out to my friends who are interested in the beginnings of the Americas

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