No Germs, Just Guns and Steel
- Here are two age of discovery alternates I've thought of:
#1: WI, when the Europeans reached the Americas, there had been no massive
die-offs? (Basically, the Amerinds have roughly the same mortality from
European germs as the people of India) I assume that the Spanish would
still conquer some of the Indian empires but could they hold them if the
population was growing, not falling apart? And would the English French
and Portuguese have been able to settle the USA, Canada and Brazil if,
instead of being nearly vacant, the eastern USA and Amazon had been fully
#2: WI, at the beginning of the 15th century, the Europeans (esp. the
Portuguese) had made no navigational 'great leap forward'? Prince Henry
the Navigator develops another hobby (maybe he's Prince Henry the
Astrologer, forex) and the Portuguese don't start systematically charting
the Atlantic, there are no voyages down the west African coast south of
Morocco, no one introduces the assorted technical discoveries (astrolabe,
compass, various rigging inventions) to ships in the Atlantic ...
Europe doesn't discover anything beyond what it knew of in 1400 for
several centuries ...
What happens elsewhere?
- Granada turned over coastal towns to the Marinids at later stages to act as
basing areas for their armies. Ill dig up the reference when I return home.
>From: Michael Edward McNeil <MEMcNeil@...>_________________________________________________________________
>I found my source in this regard: Juan Vernet Ginés (Emeritus Professor of
>Arabic, University of Barcelona) and María J. Viguera (Professor of Islamic
>History, Complutensian University of Madrid), "Muslim Spain," Encyclopaedia
>Britannica, 1997 CD Edition:
>"... While they permitted the influx of volunteers from Africa to enroll in
>their army to fight against the Christians, they never permitted the
>crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar by massive organized contingents."
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