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America's Gift

What the World Owes to the Americas and Their First Inhabitants

by Käthe Roth & Denis Vaugeois

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list price: $22.95
edition:Paperback
category: History
published: Sep 2009
ISBN:9780981240527
publisher: Baraka Books
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Recalling the full significance of the contact made between Europe and the Americas, this book shows how the encounter of two "old worlds" gave rise to a truly new world on both sides of the Atlantic. From astronomy to food, the history shows how America began transforming Europe the moment European explorers set foot on American soil. Featuring an alphabetical glossary to connect the particular to the universal, the book reveals the vast contributions the Americas and their original inhabitants made to the world.

Contributor Notes

Käthe Roth has worked as an editor or translator on several history books focusing on North America. She lives in Montreal, Quebec. Denis Vaugeois is a historian, a publisher, and Quebec’s former Minister of Cultural Affairs from 1978 to 1981. He lives in Quebec City, Quebec.

Editorial Reviews

"The book is filled with little gems throughout . . . a great reference for research. A nice addition to any library or school."  “Eastern Door (Kahnawake Mohawk Nation)


"Authors Käthe Roth and Denis Vaugeois have put together a fascinating compendium of English words that owe their etymological origins to native Languages of the Americas. But [this book] does more . . . It is a thought-provoking read that will be a valuable resource for students and scholars alike."  “Montreal Review of Books


"Contains the kind of information that should be required reading for all schoolchildren."  “Rover Arts


"This historical depiction of how Aboriginal Culture and ways of existing impacted mainstream society is incredible. The recognition of how sophisticated in methodologies Aboriginal peoples were before contact is exceptional. This book seeks to give empowerment to our people in a way that has needed to be said."  “Native Canadian, Monthly Newspaper of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto


"A fascinating book!"  “Le Soleil (Quebec City)

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America’s Gift: What the World Owes to the Americas and their First Inhabitants

Originally published in French, this fascinating book is an exploration of the contributions that have been made by the Americas and the First Nations of the Americas to the world. While its main body is devoted to an alphabetical glossary of these contributions, things that the European newcomers adopted into their lives and then took back to Europe when they returned, it also gives a general outline of the contact and colonization history of North and South America. Many of the entries give extensive explanations of how that particular object, word or idea has played a role in the rest of the world after becoming widespread.

Vaugeois was Quebec’s Minister of Cultural Affairs from 1978-81.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2010-2011.

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