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The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley by Warren R Hofstra Online



The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley

The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley

  • Title: The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley
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  • ISBN : 9780801874185
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 432 pages


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 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 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 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 and global context, Hofstra sheds new light on social, economic, political, and intellectual developments that affected both the region and the entire North American Atlantic world.Paying special attention to the Shenandoah Valley s backcountry frontier culture, Hofstra shows how that culture played a unique 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 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 America.An 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 the Shenandoah Valley Reviews (3)

  • Very interesting study of how a particular part of Virginia, the Opequon 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 [..]

  • 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 not.Hofstra is concerned with the when, how, and why European settlement occurred in eighteenth century western Virginia He sees settlement happening not as an uns [..]

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