Cultivated Landscapes of Native Amazonia and the Andes by William M. Denevan

Cultivated Landscapes of Native Amazonia and the Andes

byWilliam M. Denevan

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The Andes and Amazonia are two of the harshest regions on earth. The opportunities for productive agriculture, even with modern methods, seem limited given conditions of climate, terrain, and soils. Nevertheless, indigenous people, both prehistoric and more recent, developed systems ofcultivation that have been intensive, highly productive, and sustainable, reclaiming marginal lands and supporting large numbers of people and complex socities. This valuable reference work examines native South American agriculture. Its focus is on field types and field technologies, including agricultural landforms such as terraces, canals, and drained fields which have persisted for hundreds of years. The evidence utilized comes from abandoned fields,historical documents, and current practices. What emerges is a picture of indigenous farming practices in rain forests, savannas, swamps, rugged mountains, and deserts. This knowledge provides unique techniques and some basic principles for farming difficult environments.

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William M. Denevan is a Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of Wisconsin.
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Title:Cultivated Landscapes of Native Amazonia and the AndesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:426 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.93 inPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART I. Fields and associated features1. Introduction: research on indigenous cultivation in the Americas2. Classification of field types3. Crops, tools, and soft technologyPART II. Amazonian cultivation4. A diversity of Habitats and field systems5. Fields of the Mojo, Campa, Bora, Shipibo, and Karinya6. Pre-European riverine cultivation7. Pre-European forest cultivationPART III. Andean irrigation and terracing8. Irrigated fields9. Terraced fields10. Terrace and irrigation origins and abandonment in the Colca valleyPART IV. Raised and drained fields11. Lost systems of cultivation12. The Mojos raised fields13. The Titicaca raised fields14. Ditched fields, drainage canals, and river canalizationPART V. Conclusions15. Implications of indigenous agricultural technologyAPPENDICES1A Cultivated plants of South America1B Roster of cultivated plants by species name

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`Review from previous edition An excellent synthesis of indigenous South American agriculture'Journal of Latin American Studies