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By Bill Hubbard Jr.

ISBN-10: 0226355918

ISBN-13: 9780226355917

For someone who has checked out a map of the USA and questioned how Texas and Oklahoma obtained their Panhandles, or flown over the yank heartland and marveled on the titanic grid spreading out in all instructions under, American barriers 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 via explaining how the unique 13 colonies equipped their borders and made up our minds that unsettled lands can be held in belief for the typical advantage of the folk. Hubbard is going directly to show—with the aid of photos, diagrams, and thousands of maps—how the idea advanced that unsettled land could 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 country got here to have its present form, and the way the country itself shaped inside of its current borders, American obstacles will offer historians, geographers, and common readers alike with the attention-grabbing tale at the back of these fifty specified jigsaw-puzzle items that jointly shape the us.

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