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A New Face on the Countryside: Indians, Colonists, and Slaves in South Atlantic Forests, 1500-1800 (Studies in Environment and History) Paperback – March 30, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0521387392 ISBN-10: 0521387396 Edition: y First edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Environment and History
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; y First edition edition (March 30, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521387396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521387392
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...thoroughly engrossing....Timothy Silver offers a wealth of fascinating information about the topography and the flora and fauna of the region east of the Appalachians, south of Pennsylvania, and north of the Okefenokee Swamp....rewarding reading." American Ethnologist

"Simply by assessing the ecological implications of European and Indian assumptions and practices concerning the fur trade, or describing Euro-African agricultural practices, Silver brings alive the ecologist's perception of nature as a complex web of interactions." Choice

"...original scholarship....Silver shows us how such history should be written." John Phillip Reid, Pacific Historical Review

"...this fine study serves not only as an agenda for research, but as a pioneering view of the early history of the American experience with nature in North America." Mart A. Stewart, The Americas

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Analysis of the effects of English settlement on South Atlantic ecology reveals how three cultures--Indian, European and African--all interacted with and were, in turn, affected by, their changing environment.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brady Crytzer on September 6, 2009
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Throughout A New Face on the Countryside Timothy Silver presents the American South as a diverse and unique mix of cultures then-unseen in the New World. Using specific examples from a large variety of sources, Silver examines the contributions and conflicts of several ethnic and colonial groups including English, French, and Spanish settlers as well as reviewing the impact of African slave labor and Native American tribes. One of the major themes seen throughout A New Face on the Countryside is not only the clash of cultures, but the interaction of these very different groups with a very similar and unforgiving environment.

Silver begins his examination of the aforementioned interaction by discussing the unique qualities of American Southern geography. By identifying what he believes to be the natural "borders" of the Southern region, Silver systematically breaks down the characteristics that have made the area so troubling, and profitable, for the parties involved. Using the Atlantic Ocean on the east, the Appalachian Mountains on the West, the Okefenokee on the South and the Chesapeake Bay Region in the North, Silver discusses the boundless supply of wildlife and sultry hot climate most conducive to agricultural production. The next section is used to identify the peoples of the region. Silver discusses the diverse societies of Native Groups in the region, claiming that "Europeans found the division of labor within Indian society even more difficult to comprehend." (44) Silver gives high praise to the Indians' efficient methods by citing that some groups, according to Captain John Smith, lived almost exclusively on fish in the summer months.
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