The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History, Volume 1

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Yale University Press, 1986 - History - 524 pages
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This entirely fresh interpretation of American history by a renowned historical geographer is the first in a projected three-volume series. Meinig here focuses on colonial America, examining how an immense diversity of ethnic and religious groups--Europeans, Africans, American Indians--ultimately created a set of distinct regional societies. Richly illustrated with more then forty specially prepared maps and contemporary illustrations, this volume prompts us to rethink the settling of North America.
"A standard work in its field. . . . For readers seeking a bird's-eye view of early American geography. . . there is no better guide available."--William Cronon, New York Times Book Review
"Simply the best book in the English language by a contemporary geographer I have read over the past forty-odd years, and one of the most important. . . . A magisterial achievement, a grand shaking up and reassembling of fact and ideas."--Wilbur Zelinsky, Journal of Geography
"All historians of the American experience should read and come to terms with this book."--Malcolm J. Rohrbough, Georgia Historical Quarterly
"This book is a masterpiece in the best and old sense of the word."--Alfred W. Crosby, Southwestern Historical Quarterly
 

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These two volumes herald important new interpretations of America's development. Both are the first of projected multivolume efforts by distinguished scholars. Bailyn will cover the period 1500 to the ... Read full review

Contents

PART
77
New England
91
The St Lawrence
109
Hudson Bay
117
The Hudson River
119
Pennsylvania
131
Emergence of Greater Virginia
144
Tropical Islands
160
The Great War and Its Alterations of Empires
267
Northern America
270
Tropical America
280
Interior America
284
Expansions 17501775
288
Divergence
295
Disruption
307
British North America
323

Carolina and the Carolinas
172
Florida
191
Louisiana
193
Texas and the Lower Rio Grande
202
Europeans and Indians
205
Europeans Overseas
213
Africans in America
226
Defining Areas
231
Populations and Regional Societies circa 1750
244
THE CREATION OF AN AMERICAN MATRIX
255
Prologue
257
A Geographical Transect of the Atlantic World
258
Tropical America
332
Forming the United States
338
Emergence of a Federal Nation
348
The Disintegration of Empires
370
The Problems of Federations
385
Nationbuilding
395
Expansionism Americanstyle
407
PART FOUR
419
Sources of Quotations
455
Bibliography
461
Index
481
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