By James D. Rice
James D. Rice’s clean examine of the Potomac River basin starts with a secret. Why, while the complete of the area provided fertile soil and perfect fishing and looking, used to be approximately three-quarters of the land uninhabited at the eve of colonization? Rice wonders how the life of this no man’s land prompted within reach local American and, later, colonial settlements. Did it functionality as a commons, as a spot the place all have been loose to seek and fish? Or used to be it perceived as an odd and opposed barren region?
Rice discovers environmental elements on the middle of the tale. utilizing wide archaeological and anthropological study, in addition to the giant scholarship on farming practices within the colonial interval, he strains the region’s background from its earliest identified habitation. With highly shiny prose, Rice makes transparent the consequences of unbridled monetary improvement for the forests, streams, and wetlands of the Potomac River basin. With what results, Rice asks, did humankind make the most after which modify the panorama and the standard of the river’s waters?
Equal elements environmental, local American, and colonial historical past , Nature and historical past within the Potomac Country is an invaluable and cutting edge research of the Potomac River, its valley, and its people.
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Nature and History in the Potomac Country: From Hunter-Gatherers to the Age of Jefferson by James D. Rice