American Boundaries: The Nation, the States, the Rectangular by Bill Hubbard

By Bill Hubbard

For a person who has checked out a map of the U.S. and questioned how Texas and Oklahoma received their Panhandles, or flown over the yank heartland and marveled on the substantial grid spreading out in all instructions less than, American Boundaries will yield a welcome treasure trove of perception. the 1st ebook to chart the country’s development utilizing the boundary as a political and cultural concentration, invoice Hubbard’s masterly narrative starts off by way of explaining how the unique 13 colonies prepared 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 the aid of pictures, diagrams, and hundreds of thousands of maps—how the idea advanced that unsettled land will 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 instantly strains around the face of the continent.   

 

Mapping how each one kingdom got here to have its present form, and the way the country itself shaped inside its current borders, American Boundaries will offer historians, geographers, and normal readers alike with the interesting tale in the back of these fifty detailed jigsaw-puzzle items that jointly shape the United States.

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