A temperate empire: making climate change in early America by Anya Zilberstein

By Anya Zilberstein

'A Temperate Empire' explores how early North American settlers understood the frequent means of weather warming and attempted to remake neighborhood climates via colonial payment and fiscal development.

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Because Native American, Dutch, French, British, and American claims to the region continually expanded and contracted over this period, there was no general agreement on the boundaries of the region’s climate. 34 It should be unsurprising that Europeans seldom referred to the region’s political or natural geography according to Native American concepts. Because so much of the regional economy was oriented to maritime activities, Europeans had a more accurate understanding of the well-​traveled coasts at the edges of the cod and whale fisheries—​especially those areas that native groups inhabited throughout the year in the early colonial period—​and of port towns than of the interior or uplands.

Lawrens in the 49th degree of the same latitude, and … from ye Easternmost part of the Island of Cape Breton to the South side of the river of St. 5 Microcosm and macrocosm: “A New Map of New England According to the Latest Observations,” (1720). From Daniel Neal, History of New England, Vol. ]. Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. notion of the colonial Northeast in terms of competing European claims (though in terms of latitude, it did not extend as far north as Mascarene’s description): “New England is that Part of the continent of America, which lyes between Degrees of 41 and 45 North Latitude.

Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. notion of the colonial Northeast in terms of competing European claims (though in terms of latitude, it did not extend as far north as Mascarene’s description): “New England is that Part of the continent of America, which lyes between Degrees of 41 and 45 North Latitude. ”38 The region’s outer bounds were still more dramatically enlarged after the Seven Years’ War when France ceded all of its mainland North American possessions to the British.

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