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The myth persists that in 1492 the Western Hemisphere was a (i)_____and that it was European settlers who harnessed and transformed its ecosystems. But scholarship shows that forests, in particular, had been altered to varying degrees well before the arrival of Europeans. Native populations had (ii)_____much of the forests to successfully cultivated stands, especially by means of burning. Nevertheless, some researchers have maintained that the extent, frequency, and impact of such burning was (iii)_____.

A wilderness D hesitated G superfluous
B demonstration E underestimated H considerable
C redundancy F converted I converted

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