North American Exploration

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John Logan Allen
U of Nebraska Press, 1997 - History - 656 pages
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The third volume of North American Exploration, covering 1784 to 1914, charts a dramatic shift in the purpose, priorities, and results of the exploration of North America. As the nineteenth century opened, exploration was still fostered by the growth of empire, but by the 1830s commercial interests came to drive most exploratory ventures, particularly through the fur trade. By midcentury, however, as imperial rivalries lessened and the fur trade declined, exploration was driven by the growing scientific spirit of the age?although the science was often conducted in the service of a search for railroad routes or natural resources linked to military concerns. A clear transition took place as the spirit of the Enlightenment gave way to economic imperatives and to the science of the post-Darwinian age and exploration passed beyond discovery and geographical definition. This volume explores the resultant beginnings of an understanding of the continent and its native peoples.
  

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The first volume of this projected three-volume scholarly work (A New World Disclosed, Univ. of Nebraska., 1997) focused on the discovery of North America. This volume consists of six chapters, all ... Read full review

Contents

Exploring the American West in the Age of Jefferson
23
The Canadian Fur Trade and the Exploration of Western
75
Fur Trade
132
The Scientific Exploration of British
190
NineteenthCentury Exploration of the Arctic W Gillies Ross
244
The Military Explorers of the American West
332
The Government Explorer in Canada 18701914
445
Scientific Exploration of the American West 18651900
461
The Meanings of Exploration
521
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John Logan Allen is a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Passage Through the Garden: Lewis and Clark and the Image of the American Northwest.

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