The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley (Creating the North American Landscape)

The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley (Creating the North American Landscape)❮Download❯ ✤ The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley (Creating the North American Landscape) Author Warren R. Hofstra – Bluevapours.co.uk In the eighteenth century Virginia's Shenandoah Valley became a key corridor for America's westward expansion through the Cumberland Gap Known as New Virginia the region west of the Blue Ridge Mountai In the of New PDF/EPUB ã eighteenth century Virginia's Shenandoah Valley became a key corridor for America's westward expansion through the Cumberland Gap Known as New Virginia the region west of the Blue Ridge Mountains set off the world of the farmer from that of the planter grain and livestock production from tobacco culture and a free labor society from a slave labor society In The Planting of New Virginia Warren Hofstra offers the first comprehensive geographical history of one of North America's most significant frontier areas By examining the early landscape history of the Shenandoah Valley in its regional The Planting PDF \ and global context Hofstra sheds new light on Planting of New Virginia: Settlement PDF/EPUB or social economic political and intellectual developments that affected both the region and the entire North American Atlantic worldPaying special attention to the Shenandoah Valley's backcountry frontier culture Hofstra shows how that culture played a uniue role in the territorial struggle between European empires and Native American nations He weaves together the broad cultural and geographic threads that underlie the story of the valley's place in the early European settlement of eastern North America He also reveals the distinctive ways in which settlers shaped the valley's geography during the eighteenth Planting of New ePUB ☆ century a pattern that evolved from discrete open country neighborhoods into a complex town and country settlement that would come to characterize—and in many ways epitomize—middle AmericaAn important addition to scholarship of the geography and history of colonial and early America The Planting of New Virginia rethinks American history and the evolution of the American landscape in the colonial era.

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The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in
  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley (Creating the North American Landscape)
  • Warren R. Hofstra
  • English
  • 18 July 2014
  • 9780801874185

10 thoughts on “The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley (Creating the North American Landscape)

  1. Martha says:

    Very interesting study of how a particular part of Virginia the Opeuon area of the Shenandoah Valley was settled Hofstra has delved into all kinds of archival materials to produce some very detailed information about the individuals who lived in the valley in the 1700s and their interactions and economic activities

  2. Kathy Dobronyi says:

    This book took me a long time to read because there was so much to digest about Frederick County and the Shenandoah Valley Helped me to understand life for my ancestors who lived in the area during the period addressed by Warren Hofstra

  3. Kent says:

    Note I only read the introduction to gain the main arguments of the book and decide if the work was relevant to my current project it is notHofstra is concerned with the when how and why European settlement occurred in eighteenth century western Virginia He sees settlement happening not as an unstructuredrandom event of individual families searching for a better life but as a process strongly influenced and directed by a government and the elites in it through their land policies regulation of the economy and buildinglicensing of roads His argument argues against the prevailing narrative that focuses on demographic and economic pressures in the East as the key motivators of westward expansion a narrative that also promotes the theme of American individualism and liberty This is a narrative of how a wilderness became private property and a network of farms and towns and the region and its people became increasingly commercialized as they entered commercial markets These markets became less localized people became interdependent with them and the economy changed from one of exchange to one of cash All of these connections helped the region develop into a class divided society Hofstra is clear however that his narrative is not one of amorphous things like the market acting on humans All of the events of his history occurred because of human agency an agency driven by a culture that promoted independence and economic growth Finally another key of Hofstra's work is his conception of Early America and even the periods afterwards as not characterized by a divide between towns and rural areas To him this is a continuum as each relied on the other for survival and economic activityAlthough this is not a history of a topic I am that interested in Hofstra writes engagingly and clearly and many will find his work a worthwhile read

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