What arrived here with Columbus was the idea that there was one and only one right way for people to live (he and his contemporaries basically saw the natives as subhuman life forms who didn't know how to bend the earth to their will the way the enlightened ones did in Europe), and the desire to put all the land to the plow and therefore turn all available biomass into human mass.
By the time Columbus lived, people of his culture had no idea that they had once lived like the people they found in the far corners of the world. The Great Forgetting was old by Columbus's time. Couple that with the concept of putting the food under lock and key and forcing people to get it back, and the self-appointment of the Totalitarian Agriculturists as the world's cultural missionaries and you get
We're way off topic here. Bottom line is the Abels of the world didn't want to take up agriculture. That's why the Cains had to water their field with the blood of his own brother. The fairy tale we grow up hearing, that 10,000 years ago, people the world over put down their spears and picked up plows is just that. A fairy tale.