Geographic Influences in American History

Geographic Influences in American History

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Geographic Influences in American History

Geographic Influences in American History

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In the chapters which follow, an attempt has been made to combine the materials of American history and geography. One must invent a method as he can, for models in this field can scarcely be said to exist. The plan chosen is geographic, as might be expected from a student of earth science. Each division of the book deals with a region which is more or less distinct in its physical development, and which often shows in the end a good measure of historical unity.

Parkman and Fiske have been among the most useful historical authorities; also McMaster, and the Winning of the West, by Theodore Roosevelt, who, as an official and as a private citizen, has shown an unfailing appreciation of the physical features of our country.

Prof. Charles Worthen Spencer of Colgate University has kindly read the manuscript of the volume and has made valuable suggestions. It should be stated that parts of Chapter I have previously appeared in the Geographical Journal of London, and . . .

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