9780295974859

The Great Columbia Plain: A Historical Geography, 1805-1910

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  • ISBN13:

    9780295974859

  • ISBN10:

    0295974850

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr

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Summary

Dismissed in early years as a wasteland, the rolling open country that covers the interior parts of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho is today one of the richest farmlands in the nation. This work is the story of its transformation. Meinig traces all of the aspects of its development by combining geographic description with historical narrative.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Ghost Region xi
William Cronon
A Retrospective Preface xv
Preface to the Original Edition xix
Acknowledgments xxiii
Setting: Landscapes, Seasons, and People, ca. 1800
3(23)
Entry: By East and by North
26(22)
Competition: By Land and by Sea
48(18)
Monopoly: London Rules the Columbia
66(30)
Matrix: American Visions and Ventures
96(29)
Missions: Protestants and Priests
125(27)
Preparation: Clearing, Organizing, and Evaluating the Land
152(49)
Colonization: Gold, Grass, and Grain
201(40)
Strategy: Settlers and Railroads, 1870-90
241(43)
Conquest: Some Patterns, Methods, and Ideas, 1870-90
284(37)
Empire: Town and Country, ca. 1890
321(44)
Elaboration: Some Patterns and Methods
365(39)
Inquiry: The Farmer and the Scientist, ca. 1890-1910
404(24)
Culmination: The Great Columbia Plain, ca. 1910
428(41)
Perspectives: History, Geography, and Culture
469(46)
Appendix: Populations and Facilities of Towns, 1890 and 1910 (Table 2) 515(4)
Bibliography 519(34)
Index 553

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