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By Bill Hubbard Jr.

ISBN-10: 0226355918

ISBN-13: 9780226355917

For somebody who has checked out a map of the U.S. and questioned how Texas and Oklahoma obtained their Panhandles, or flown over the yank heartland and marveled on the immense grid spreading out in all instructions less than, American obstacles will yield a welcome treasure trove of perception. the 1st booklet to chart the country’s development utilizing the boundary as a political and cultural concentration, invoice Hubbard’s masterly narrative starts off by means of explaining how the unique 13 colonies equipped their borders and made up our minds that unsettled lands will be held in belief for the typical advantage of the folk. Hubbard is going directly to show—with assistance from pictures, diagrams, and hundreds of thousands of maps—how the inspiration developed that unsettled land may be divided into rectangles and offered to person farmers, and the way this oblong survey unfold outward from its origins in Ohio, with surveyors drawing directly traces around the face of the continent.     Mapping how every one nation got here to have its present form, and the way the country itself shaped inside of its current borders, American barriers will offer historians, geographers, and common readers alike with the attention-grabbing tale in the back of these fifty special jigsaw-puzzle items that jointly shape the USA.

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From that confluence, ing the Revolutionary War. the border would be a line drawn straight to the Farther to the north, the proclamation set the source of the St. Mary’s River, and then along the boundaries between New York and New England, CHAPTER TWO Quebec Hudson's Bay Company lands Quebec Montréal on one side, and Quebec and Nova Scotia on the Maine St. Croix River 45° other. Quebec’s border with the colonies would Nova Scotia New York be the 45th parallel, east from the St. Lawrence River to the watershed line that divides the rivers flowing into the St.

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But if the Savannah’s source was north paupers from England could lift themselves to of the 35th parallel, Georgia’s band of land would prosperity in America. The borders of the grant entirely overlap South Carolina’s claims and thus were straightforward: all the land between the supersede them. The controversy came to a head Savannah and Altamaha rivers, from the sea to in the 1780s when settlement began to push into the rivers’ headwaters, and then from those head- the region. waters west to the Pacific (fig.

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