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Ravaging Myths

PROLOGUE
Man first occupied the Americas over a hundred
thousand years ago and has survived events that led
to the extinction of many other creatures on the
continents. Destined to wander, he traveled in
pursuit of food from other continents around the
globe and ended up in the Americas like everywhere
else mostly by chance. Over the millennia the
influx of people migrated from the outer reaches of
the Americas to the interior, slowly populating
both continents. The people who eventually crossed
the ice age Beringia land bridge were only some of
the more recent arrivals in prehistory. Assessing
this from the present, each successive wave of
people could be viewed as either immigrants or
invaders on their arrival in the Americas, and we
may never know what their impact was on the
inhabitants already present. We do know that many
complex and unique cultures developed, flourished,
and then disappeared over the course of time
leaving mere remnants of their prior existence.
By the time the Europeans crossed the Atlantic
and landed in the Americas, millions of native
people with thousands of distinct cultures already
occupied the two American continents.
Unfortunately, the European arrivals had an
absolute disregard for the people already present.
Even though they were immediately struggling, the
new arrivals were determined to claim what they
called the ‘new’ and ‘uninhabited’ land for their
already existing imperialistic countries across the
ocean. The Europeans were nothing more than
invaders clearly set from the start on taking the
Natives’ land by any necessary means even to the
extent of outright genocide.
Sadly, this is what happened in our own
recorded history. But the Americas did not have to
evolve in that way. Changes at innumerable points
in our history could have led to a tremendously
altered world.
The world of Ravaging Myths traveled a
different path. The native population was not
decimated by European disease. The millions of
natives would have fared very differently against
16th century invaders.
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