Recent discoveries of the incredible loss of life caused by the introduction of small pox and other diseases in the New World have led some scholars to conclude that 100 million people lived in North and South America in 1492, prior to European contact. This is nearly twice the estimated population of Europe of that time. Skeptics argue that there is not sufficient archeological evidence to prove the existence of so many people in the Americas, especially when compared to the more “technologically advanced” Europe.
Which of the following, if it were discovered, would be pertinent evidence against the skeptics’ argument above?
A - Europeans had many domesticated animals unknown in the Americas, including horses, cattle, and sheep
B - The ruins of several cities in the ancient Inca Empire in Peru and the Aztec Empire in Mexico, dating from the 1400s, are larger than any European cities in existence at that time
C - The growing season in most of the Americas is longer than that of Europe.
D - The estimate population of North and South America combined was only around 3 million people in 1600.
E -The area that is now the United States and Canada, had no cities with more than 20,000 people in 1492.
Source: Veritas Prep
Recent discoveries of the incredible loss of life caused by the introduction of small pox and other diseases in the New
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