Meinig here focuses on colonial America, examining how an immense diversity of ethnic and religious groups - Europeans, Africans, American Indians - ultimately created a set of distinct regional societies.
This book is a masterpiece in the best and old sense of the word.
—Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Simply the best book in the English language by a contemporary geographer I've read over the past forty-odd years, and one of the most important….A magisterial achievement, a grand shaking up and reassembling of facts and ideas.
—Wilbur Zelinsky Journal of Geography
A standard work in its field…For readers seeking a bird's-eye view of early American geography…there is no better guide available.
—William Cronon New York Times Book Review