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Historical atlas of the United States : with original maps

"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 Indian War and the War for Independence; the Mexican and Civil Wars; the numerous 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."--Publisher description
Map, English, 2007
University of California Press, Berkeley, 2007
1 atlas (280 pages) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 35 cm
9780520250369, 0520250362
The first peoples
Conceptions of a continent
Cities of gold, cities of mud
A French claim to America
The first English settlement
A new kind of Englishman
A river runs through it
Colonial America
A French empire in America
Across the mountain barrier
The end of the French empire
Indians and an advancing frontier
Lines in a wilderness
Spanish America
The last days of colonial America
The shot heard round the world
Defining America
America independent
A man and a brother
A capital on the Potomac
Seas where they ought not to be
Voyages to the Northwest
Across a new America
Finding routes West
Indian maps
Americæ Pars
The rockets' red glare
The decline of Spain
A trail of tears
Populating a heartland
Remember the Alamo
The trail West
A northern boundary complete
War with Mexico
Blackrobe's treaty
New Amsterdam, New York
The great coastal survey
Steam and iron rails
Surveys for a Pacific railroad
A house divided
The transcontinental link
Chicagou, Chicago
I will fight no more forever
Surveys for science
from pueblo to Suburbia
The art of the bird's-eye
A gilded age
Facilitators of a modern age
American Alaska
American Aloha
An American empire
A world safe for democracy
Boom, bust, and a New Deal
Good roads everywhere
America takes to the skies
Pictorial maps
A day of infamy
Cold and other wars
"First published in 2006 by Douglas & McIntyre, Ltd. ... Vancouver, BC ..."--Title page verso Free eBook from the Internet Archive Additional information and access via Open Library
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