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

By Bill Hubbard

For someone who has checked out a map of the USA and questioned how Texas and Oklahoma acquired their Panhandles, or flown over the yankee heartland and marveled on the sizeable grid spreading out in all instructions under, American Boundaries will yield a welcome treasure trove of perception. the 1st publication to chart the country’s progress utilizing the boundary as a political and cultural concentration, invoice Hubbard’s masterly narrative starts off via explaining how the unique 13 colonies geared up their borders and determined that unsettled lands might be held in belief for the typical good thing about the folks. Hubbard is going directly to show—with assistance from photos, diagrams, and 1000's of maps—how the thought developed that unsettled land will be divided into rectangles and bought to person farmers, and the way this oblong survey unfold outward from its origins in Ohio, with surveyors drawing directly strains around the face of the continent.   


Mapping how each one nation got here to have its present form, and the way the state itself shaped inside its current borders, American Boundaries will supply historians, geographers, and basic readers alike with the interesting tale at the back of these fifty particular jigsaw-puzzle items that jointly shape the United States.

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