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

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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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.
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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)
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Product Details

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

Meet the Author

Seymour Schwartz
Seymour Schwartz

Seymour I Schwartz, MD (Rochester, NY), a world-renowned surgeon, is the author of Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, which in its seven editions and translations has sold more than 500,000 copies. Dr. Schwartz is equally renowned as a cartographic historian and is the author of many books on historical maps, including Putting "America" on the Map: The Story of the Most Important Graphic Document in the History of the United States.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 9
Chapter 1 Earliest European Probes 10
Chapter 2 Early-Seventeenth-Century Sailings and Settlements 36
Chapter 3 Completing the Original Thirteen Colonies 56
Chapter 4 Away from the Atlantic Coast (1600-1750) 76
Chapter 5 Britain Gains Control of the Continent 90
Chapter 6 A Nation Is Born 112
Chapter 7 Completing the Eighteenth Century 150
Chapter 8 The Nineteenth Century: Early Expansions and Divisions 164
Chapter 9 Continued Population Shifts and State Development 192
Chapter 10 Closing the Ring 204
Chapter 11 Development, Disruption, and Reconstruction (1847-67) 220
Chapter 12 Completing the Nineteenth Century 250
Chapter 13 The Twentieth Century 268
Chapter 14 Condensing the Chronological Circle 282
Bibliography 292
Acknowledgments 294
Index 295
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2010

    Excellant map source for genealogists

    Dr. Schwartz's collection of maps is an excellant reference for researching family history. Many of the maps are difficult or impossible to find on line. As a map collector for 20 years and family genealogist for 10 years I highly recommend this book. The text takes you through the history of the US giving you leads on what may have happened to family members and what they may have experienced giving you a better understanding of who they were.

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