List the three places of the world that are, according to Guns, Germs, and Steel, the later “haves” (not the three areas of the world that borrowed the stuff of the “haves” earliest).

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To find the answer to this question, we must look at Table 5.1 on p. 100 of the paperback edition of the book.  There, we can see a list of twelve places that got domesticated plants and animals relatively early on.  Of these, five certainly domesticated plants and animals independently.  Four more might have done so.  The last three domesticated their own crops and animals, but only did so after “founder crops” had arrived there from other places.

The last three of these are, presumably, the places that “borrowed the stuff of the ‘haves’ earliest.”  Therefore, those are not the ones that you want.  Numbers 6 through 9 in Table 5.1 are places that only might have become “haves” on their own.  That leaves the five places that clearly domesticated plants and animals on their own. 

If you look at the far right column, you will see the dates by which we know that these places had domesticated plants and animals.  You will see that the first two are much earlier (by at least 4,000 years) than the last three.  That means the last three are the answers you want.  Those are Mesoamerica, the Andes and Amazonia, and the Eastern United States.  These are the three later “haves.”

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