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Jan 5 '20 at 17:50 comment added Peter Shor Maize made its way from southern Mexico to the Incas. Pineapples made their way from Brazil to the Caribbean. There was certainly enough contact for the most useful technological ideas to spread.
Jan 5 '20 at 15:12 history edited KeizerHarm CC BY-SA 4.0
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Jan 4 '20 at 21:41 comment added John @KeizerHarm What about agriculture? the issue is not whether either had agriculture but whether the americas development was unusual, which you have shown no evidence that it was. Also western europe was not colonized by the roman empire, the roman empire did not even exist at the time.
Jan 4 '20 at 20:58 comment added KeizerHarm @John Western Europe was colonised by the Roman Empire. Whatever technology the first American settlers brought with them, agriculture was not among them, so that fits the question's specification of the island being settled by hunter-gatherers.
Jan 4 '20 at 20:24 comment added John @KeizerHarm only if you work by some insane assumptions like technological development is not brought with colonists, (which we know is wrong they brought domesticated dogs with them). Humans did not appear in the americas de novo they migrated from asia bring technology with them. Migration likely hinders technological growth but that is not the same as resetting it. I was referring to western europe so yes depending on what you mean by europe they were not colonized at the same time. northern europe was colonized after even south america.
Jan 4 '20 at 19:59 comment added KeizerHarm @John Europe was settled by modern humans around 40k BC. Especially the southern parts, where civilisation first originated on that continent, were home to people long before the first hominid had reached the New World. And Sumer too. I think all evidence points towards the Americas actually being more favourable to human settlement, given how long people lived in the Old World without constructing anything.
Jan 4 '20 at 19:48 comment added John the andes civilizations did not achieve terribly impressive nothing middle eastern civilizations did not achieve in the same amount of time. europe achieved the same level of technology just as fast but then the bronze age collapse happened. keep in mind europe and north america were colonized at roughly the same time.
Jan 3 '20 at 23:28 comment added Alexander After the fish run out, the may have the knowledge of irrigation, but not the grain cultures. They should have another culture readily available, otherwise all the knowledge about irrigation would be lost.
Jan 3 '20 at 20:04 history answered KeizerHarm CC BY-SA 4.0