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American boundaries : the nation, the states, the rectangular survey

Author: Bill Hubbard
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For anyone who has looked at a map of the United States and wondered how Texas and Oklahoma got their panhandles, or flown over the American heartland and marveled at the vast grid spreading out in all directions below, this book will yield a welcome treasure trove of insight. The first book to chart the country's growth using the boundary as a political and cultural focus, the author's narrative begins by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Hubbard
ISBN: 9780226355917 0226355918
OCLC Number: 163625212
Description: xiv, 452 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Introduction: Boundaries in the United States as the manifest division of the nation's lands --
The colonies stake claims to land in the West --
The idea of a national domain emerges --
The national domain expands --
A method of forming new states emerges --
The evolution of the territories and states --
Inventing a rectangular survey in the Ordinance of 1785 --
Putting a rectangular survey on the ground in Ohio --
The rectangular survey evolves into its final form --
The survey is extended across the public domain --
The spread of the survey across Montana --
Epilogue: Other ways to apportion a public domain.
Responsibility: Bill Hubbard, Jr.
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"John McPhee exposed the geological story under our country's diverse ecological regions. Bill Hubbard, in his book "American Boundaries", reveals in his detailed history of the American Rectangular Read more...

 
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