Historical Atlas of the American West

Historical Atlas of the American West

by Derek Hayes
     
 

Spectacular in scope and visually brilliant, this atlas presents a sweeping history of the American West through more than 600 original, full-color maps and extended captions. From the earliest human inhabitants and the first European explorers to the national parks and retirement resorts of today, this extensive collection chronicles the West from uncharted

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Spectacular in scope and visually brilliant, this atlas presents a sweeping history of the American West through more than 600 original, full-color maps and extended captions. From the earliest human inhabitants and the first European explorers to the national parks and retirement resorts of today, this extensive collection chronicles the West from uncharted territory to a well-populated Eden. We bear witness as state lines strike through Native American territories, see the frontier crack open and the railroad's iron belt snake across the Plains, and watch as the West's cities, from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and Albuquerque to Anchorage, rise and prosper. This is the first atlas to compile all the historically significant maps relating to the American West; it includes field sketches of battles, the first maps to show the West, maps depicting mythical rivers and fictional towns, and maps showing early conceptions of California as an island. Distilling many centuries into one fascinating volume, this atlas traces history as redwoods, mountains, and deserts become California, Montana, and Arizona, and offers a rare opportunity to see the west through the eyes of its earliest explorers.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Maps that engage both the viewers' intellect and their aesthetic sense. . . . A high quality publication at an amazingly low price. . . Highly recommended."--Library Journal

"The maps are intriguing, and the accompanying text and captioned illustrations provide enough detail for the casual reader and context for the researcher."--Booklist

"Shows knowledge expanding map by map; Native pueblos, early trails, railways, highways, parks and cities."--Via

"Anyone who loves gazing at vintage maps will enjoy spending hours with the Historical Atlas of the American West."--Bookloons Reviews

"A book that will provide hours of enjoyment, this oversized volume will delight anyone interested in western history."--Coast Traveler

Southern California Quarterly
“Historical Atlas of the American West is useful. . . [and] a worthwhile acquisition.”
Booklist
“The maps are intriguing, and the accompanying text and captioned illustrations provide enough detail for the casual reader and context for the researcher.”
Via
“Shows knowledge expanding map by map; Native pueblos, early trails, railways, highways, parks and cities.”
Bookloons Reviews
“Anyone who loves gazing at vintage maps will enjoy spending hours with the Historical Atlas of the American West.”
Canadian Journal Of History - Andrew Dunlop
“Deserves to hold a prominent place on the bookshelves of any who have even the smallest interest in . . . the American West.”
Coast Traveler - Bob Walch
“A book that will provide hours of enjoyment, this oversized volume will delight anyone interested in western history.”
Montana The Magazine Of Western History - Kevin Blake
“This volume is certainly an authoritative and attractive reference.”
California Historian - Susan Snyder
“A splendidly guided tour through legend, perception, time and place.”
Great Plains Qtly - J Clark Archer
“[Hayes] takes the reader on a visually and intellectually stimulating tour of the American West across several hundred years of map making.”
With its 600-plus original, full-color maps and extended captions, this peerless historical atlas lays out the entire evolution of the West before you. Derek Hayes, the author of numerous historical atlases, has outdone himself here. His Historical Atlas of the American West visually charts every significant change in the region: from Native American territories to frontier settlements to early trails, railroad routes, and the growth of great cities. This dream reference book even contains maps of mythical rivers and fictional towns. Browse it in spare moments; use it as a historical resource for years.
Library Journal
Hayes, a geographer trained at the University of Hull, England, and the University of British Columbia, has previously authored the spectacular Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest (Sasquatch, 1999), Historical Atlas of the Arctic (Douglas & McIntyre, 2003), America Discovered (Douglas & McIntyre 2004), and Historical Atlas of the United States (Univ. of California, 2006). The West, for the purpose of this atlas, is defined as the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and all states west of them, including Alaska, but not Hawai'i. More than 600 maps have been carefully selected and beautifully reproduced in full color. They provide the primary-source documentation for the historical narrative, written for the general reader, tracing the development of the Western United States from its indigenous inhabitants to European exploration, the migration of settlers, and 20th-century events. As always, Hayes has chosen maps that engage both the viewers' intellect and their aesthetic sense. Among the most interesting are those that were part of promotionals produced by the regional railroads and real estate interests to entice easterners to go west. Some maps are disturbing, such as those prepared for the so-called Japanese Evacuation Program during World War II and H-bomb evacuation routes during the Cold War. In addition to extensive captions, all maps are listed in the "Map Catalog" with their sources and accession numbers when applicable. BOTTOM LINE A high quality publication at an amazingly low price, this atlas is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries, history buffs, and map enthusiasts.—Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520256521
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/05/2009
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,025,422
Product dimensions:
10.18(w) x 13.72(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Maps that engage both the viewers' intellect and their aesthetic sense. . . . A high quality publication at an amazingly low price. . . Highly recommended."—Library Journal

"The maps are intriguing, and the accompanying text and captioned illustrations provide enough detail for the casual reader and context for the researcher."—Booklist

"Shows knowledge expanding map by map; Native pueblos, early trails, railways, highways, parks and cities."—Via

"Anyone who loves gazing at vintage maps will enjoy spending hours with the Historical Atlas of the American West."—Bookloons Reviews

"A book that will provide hours of enjoyment, this oversized volume will delight anyone interested in western history."—Coast Traveler

Meet the Author

Derek Hayes is the author of Historical Atlas of the United States, Historical Atlas of California, and Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, among other books.

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