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Nature & history in the Potomac country : from hunter-gatherers to the age of Jefferson

Author: James D Rice
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Review: "James D. Rice's study of the Potomac River basin begins with a mystery. Why, when the whole of the region offered fertile soil and excellent fishing and hunting, was nearly three-quarters of the land uninhabited on the eve of colonization? Rice wonders how the existence of this no man's land influenced nearby Native American and, later, colonial settlements. Did it function as a commons, as a place where  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James D Rice
ISBN: 9780801890321 0801890322 9781421402628 1421402629
OCLC Number: 968249352
Description: 1 online resource (355 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: PrefaceA Note on Language and UsageIntroduction1. Ahone's Waters2. Foragers into Farmers3. "Kings" of the Potomac4. The Nature of Colonization5. Peltries and "Papists"6. "You Come Too Near"7. Microbes, Magistrates, and Migrations8. "Away with All These Distractions"9. "Frightened Away by Some Threatening Discourses"10. "I Can Not Live in This Beautiful Land"11. The Trouble with Boundaries12. The Backcountry Transformed13. "The Finest Country I Ever Was In"CodaNotesIndex
Other Titles: Nature and history in the Potomac country

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