Representing the Republic: Mapping the United States, 1600-1900

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Reaktion Books, 2001 - History - 256 pages
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Representing the Republic provides an intriguing account of the mapping of America from its colonial origins to 1900. The most significant maps and mapmakers are discussed in a survey that begins with the first European mappings of New Netherlands in the early seventeenth century and concludes with the Rand McNally atlases of the 1890s.

Maps tell us a great deal about the transformation of America's national identity. Having undertaken extensive research in map collections, including work with rare archival materials, prominent geographer John Rennie Short provides an account of how maps have both embodied and reflected power, conflict and territorial expansion over time, opening a new perspective on North American history and geography.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
The Seeking Out and Discovery of Courses Havens Countries
25
Representing the New Netherlands
38
Imperial Claims
54
Representing the New State
74
A New Mode of Thinking q i
91
The Father of American Geography
107
A Sensible Foreigner
127
Mapmaking in Philadelphia
144
Inscribing the National Landscape
163
Mapping the National Territory
174
n Constructing the National Community
201
Locating the National Economy
221
A Postcolonial Postscript
234
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John Rennie Short teaches in the Department of Geography at Syracuse University in New York. He is the author of many books, including Alternative Geographies (2000).

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