This Land Is Your Land: The Geographic Evolution of the United States

This Land Is Your Land: The Geographic Evolution of the United States

by Seymour I. Schwartz
     
 

Geography enthusiasts and American history buffs alike will delight in this informative illustrated history of the "discovery," settlement, and expansion of the United States. Beginning with the earliest European arrivals int he 15th century, Seymour I. Schwartz guides readers step by step through the gradual establishment and growth of our country.

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Geography enthusiasts and American history buffs alike will delight in this informative illustrated history of the "discovery," settlement, and expansion of the United States. Beginning with the earliest European arrivals int he 15th century, Seymour I. Schwartz guides readers step by step through the gradual establishment and growth of our country.

A fascinating aspect of this story involves the origins of the intriguing and often surprising names given to states, cities, towns, rivers, and other sites across the land. Early settlements were named to honor Spanish and French royalty; later, names were borrowed from English cities and villages; and throughout the country are found places named by the Native Americans who first peopled the continent.

Contemporary maps—from the first depiction of each new state to modern maps created with the latest technology—along with engravings, paintings, and photographs, make This Land is Your Land a fascinating history.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Schwartz (The French and Indian War: The Imperial Struggle for North America) is a famous surgeon with a consuming interest in American history who serves on the board of directors of the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution. His handsomely produced cartographic and geographic history of the territorial growth of the United States is a thorough treat for both antique map enthusiasts and American history buffs. Beginning with the age of European exploration, the author traces our national evolution, employing 159 contemporary maps (70 in full color), a fascinating text that includes the derivation of many local place names, and numerous other illustrations that enrich the reader's experience. After treating the 13 Colonies and the Colonial period, he explores the newly added territories in chronological order and state by state by order of admission to the Union. This is a book to curl up with on a rainy day and just enjoy. Highly recommended for all libraries.--Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
These 300 color and b&w illustrations present the evolution of the US from the first known drawing of any part of North America by Juan de la Cosa in 1500, to a 1961 Jasper Johns . An especially interesting part of this geographic history of the US is the genesis of names affixed to territories, states, cities, rivers, and other sites. For example, the New York communities of Lima, Avon, Java, Corfu, Castile, Charlotte, Chili, and Bergen were mispronounced because, some say, the locals wanted to identify outsiders. Others, however, point to illiteracy. The name "America" originally referred only to South America, and on a Paris globe of 1515, America referred to both Northern and Southern land masses. Schwartz is a surgeon who serves on the board of the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian, and is consultant to the Library of Congress on American cartography. Oversize: 12.25x11<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810967151
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
11.25(w) x 12.25(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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