Columbus Came Late

Columbus Came Late

Columbus Came Late

Columbus Came Late

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To a certain extent this is a mystery story; but it is not one conceived in the fertile brain of a Gaboriau, a Van Dine, or a Poe. It is also a tale of great human achievement; but it is not one imagined by a Scott or a Dickens or a Conrad. However, if you like such tales as those, you should like this one. For it is true, and the hero is not a single individual but a group of nations with a high civilization composing an entire people -- the people of ancient America.

No one who sees the remains of roads and bridges and aqueducts in Peru can doubt that achievement. No one who sees the immense pyramids of Mexico, the ancient irrigation canals of Arizona can doubt it. No one can possibly doubt it who has cut the thick bush of Yucatan and Guatemala from the roofs of lovely crumbled temples and palaces as I have done, who has traced one-time canals across meadows now peopled only by herons and bitterns, or followed great raised roads -- crowded hundreds of years ago with a proud commerce -- through the jungle which tears up their beds but has not yet, after more than . . .

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