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Wild by nature : North American animals confront colonization

Author: Andrea L Smalley
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the time Europeans first came to the New World until the closing of the frontier, the benefits of abundant wild animals--from beavers and wolves to fish, deer, and bison--appeared as a recurring theme in colonizing discourses. Explorers, travelers, surveyors, naturalists, and other promoters routinely advertised the richness of the American faunal environment and speculated about the ways in which animals
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Genre/Form: Ressources Internet
History
Additional Physical Format: Version imprimée :
Smalley, Andrea L., 1960-
Wild by nature.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016035065
(OCoLC)961409998
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea L Smalley
ISBN: 9781421422367 1421422360 1421422360
OCLC Number: 1039047782
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (xiii, 334 pages) : illustrations, cartes
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction ; 1. Creatures Serving for the Use of Man ; 2. No Bullets Would Pierce Beaver Skins ; 3. Devouring Anamulls ; 4. Incapable of Separate or Individual Property ; 5. The Liberty of Killing a Deer ; 6. In All Their Native Freedom ; Epilogue: Rewilding the Wild ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index ; A ; B ; C ; D ; E ; F ; G ; H ; I ; J ; K ; L ; M ; N ; O ; P ; R ; S ; T ; U ; V ; W ; Y ; Z.
Responsibility: Andrea L. Smalley.

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Offering fresh perspectives on colonial, legal, environmental, and Native American history, Wild by Nature reenvisions the familiar stories of early America as animal tales.  Read more...

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