World Trade and Biological Exchanges before 1492

Book Notices
Reviewer: Eric N. Jellen
Categories: Book Reviews
Journal: 51:2
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This book by John L. Sorenson (emeritus professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University) and Carl L. Johannessen (emeritus professor of geography at the University of Oregon) presents a comprehensive, well-referenced, and intriguing overview of historical and archeological evidence for pre-Columbian exchange of plants, microfauna, and animals between the Old and New Worlds. Its style is more encyclopedic than narrative, resembling an expanded, annotated bibliography. I read with interest the sections dealing with the crops that I have researched genetically—Amaranthus and Chenopodium—as well as several other crops that I am very familiar with, such as cotton.