When Columbus arrived, the Americas held about 100 million people, a fifth of the human race. Within decades, most of them were dead—victims of imported epidemics and barbarous assaults. The European invaders sacked mighty cities, destroyed great art, plundered fabulous wealth and seized the land for themselves.
But the New World's peoples did not perish entirely, and neither did their view of history, though it has been suppressed for centuries. In Stolen Continents, Ronald Wright quotes the authentic speech and writing of five indigenous peoples—Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee and Iroquois—over a span of 500 years. We relive their strange, tragic experiences through their eloquent words and see the European invaders through their shrewd, unblinking eyes. Weaving together their contemporary accounts with his own compelling historical narrative, Wright has assembled a powerful and disturbing account of what he terms “a holocaust that began five centuries ago.”
This tenth anniversary edition includes a new afterword by the author.