❮Reading❯ ➶ Colonial Ecology Atlantic Economy ➮ Author Strother Roberts – Bluevapours.co.uk Focusing on the Connecticut River Valley New England's longest river and largest watershed Strother Roberts traces the local regional and transatlantic markets in colonial commodities that shaped an e Focusing on the Connecticut River Valley New England's longest river and Colonial Ecology PDF/EPUB ² largest watershed Strother Roberts traces the local regional and transatlantic markets in colonial commodities that shaped an ecological transformation in one corner of the rapidly globalizing early modern world Reaching deep into the interior the Connecticut provided a watery commercial highway for the furs grain timber livestock and various other commodities that the region exported Colonial Ecology Atlantic Economy shows how the extraction of each commodity had an impact on the New England landscape creating a new colonial ecology inextricably tied to the broader transatlantic economy beyond its shoresThis history refutes two common misconceptions first that globalization is a relatively new phenomenon and its power to reshape economies and natural environments has only fully been realized in the modern era and second that the Puritan founders of New England were self sufficient ascetics who seuestered themselves from the corrupting influence of the wider world Roberts argues instead that colonial New England was an integral part of Britain's expanding imperialist commercial economyImperial planners envisioned New England as a region able to provide resources to other profitable parts of the empire such as the sugar islands of the Caribbean Settlers embraced trade as a means to afford the tools they needed to conuer the landscape and to acuire the same luxury commodities popular among the consumer class of Europe New England's native nations meanwhile utilized their access to European trade goods and weapons to secure power and prestige in a region shaken by invading newcomers and the diseases that followed in their wake These networks of extraction and exchange fundamentally transformed the natural environment of the region creating a landscape that by the turn of the nineteenth century would have been unrecognizable to those living there two centuries earlier.
- 280 pages
- Colonial Ecology Atlantic Economy
- Strother Roberts
- 10 January 2016 Strother Roberts