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Author Rice, James D., 1963-

Title Nature & history in the Potomac country : from hunter-gatherers to the age of Jefferson / James D. Rice
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 338 pages :) : illustrations, maps
Summary "James D. Rice's study of the Potomac River basin begins with a mystery. Why, when the whole of the region offered fertile soil and excellent fishing and hunting, was nearly three-quarters of the land uninhabited on the eve of colonization? Rice wonders how the existence of this no man's land influenced nearby Native American and, later, colonial settlements. Did it function as a commons, as a place where all were free to hunt and fish? Or was it perceived as a strange and hostile wilderness?" "Rice discovers environmental factors at the center of the story. Making use of extensive archaeological and anthropological research, as well as the vast scholarship on farming practices in the colonial period, he traces the region's history from its earliest known habitation. Rice makes clear the implications of unbridled economic development for the forests, streams, and wetlands of the Potomac River basin. With what effects, Rice asks, did humankind exploit and then alter the landscape and the quality of the river's waters?" "Equal parts environmental, Native American, and colonial history, Nature and History in the Potomac Country is a useful and innovative study of the Potomac River, its valley, and its people."--Jacket
Analysis "Multi-User"
Notes OldControl:muse9781421402628
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-330) and index
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Subject Human ecology -- Potomac River Valley -- History.
Indians of North America -- Potomac River Valley -- History.
Landscape changes -- Potomac River Valley -- History.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Potomac River Valley -- History.
Potomac River Valley -- Colonization.
Potomac River Valley -- Environmental conditions.
Potomac River Valley -- History.
Potomac River -- Environmental conditions.
Potomac River -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1421402629