In book 2, I write about America. Or as our characters refer to it, "The Western World". After the Rain of Fire, the nomadic tribes had no choice but to settle down and cultivate the land. By the time the Iberians (Spanish) venture there, they are technological equals. Westerners have built great cities! Instead of conquest, trade develops! Hence, instead of just cannabis, which people of Europe smoked prior to the 1600's, Iberian Nightshade (tobacco) is available. Just a little tidbit.