Historical Atlas of the United States: With Original Maps

Historical Atlas of the United States: With Original Maps

by Derek Hayes

Hardcover(First Edition)

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Using more than five hundred historical maps from collections around the world, this stunning book is the first to tell the story of America's past from a unique geographical perspective. Covering more than half a millennium in U.S. history—from conception to colonization to Hurricane Katrina—this atlas documents the discoveries and explorations, the intrigue and negotiations, the technology and the will that led the United States to become what it is today. Richly detailed, visually breathtaking maps are accompanied by extended captions that elucidate the stories and personalities behind their creation.

Coasts and mountains, rivers and lakes, and peaks and plains are described by explorers encountering them for the first time. These maps can convey explorers' ideas of what lay over the mountains ahead, their notions about what was discovered, and their explanations of the land's potential for sponsors back home. The maps can also show a promoter's attempt to sell his project to settlers or a general's assessment of a coming battle. They chart the wars that created and molded the country: the French and Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Indian War and the War for Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Independence; the Mexican and Civil Wars; the numerous Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Indian wars; as well as more localized battles of conquest and survival. Readers can follow the progression of map creation and design as more knowledge was gained about the American continent.

Distilling an enormous amount of information into one handsome volume, the Historical Atlas of the United States highlights the evolution of geographical knowledge at the same time that it presents a fascinating chronicle of the expansion and development of a nation.

Copub: Douglas & McÍcaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Intyre

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520250369
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/17/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 559,658
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 13.56(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Derek Hayes is the author of Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, The Historical Atlas of the Arctic, and Historical Atlas of Canada, among other books.

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