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A New World of differences

For richer, for poorer — the countries of the Americas and those of the Caribbean present stark contrasts in fortune. An explanation of those contrasts invokes branching chains of cause and effect.

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Miller, S., Diamond, J. A New World of differences. Nature 441, 411–412 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/441411a

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