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Last fall I received a copy of Martin Bruckner, ed. Early American
Cartographies. Chapel Hill: University of North Caroline Press for the
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2011. The
publication of the book was duly noted on the Map History list. At about the
same time, however, another book was also published by the same press for the
same sponsor, which I did not see mentioned. Paul W. Mapp's The Elusive West
and the Conquest for Empire, 1713-1763, 455 pp.39 maps, and 4 plates should be
of interest to historians of cartography, especially those concerned with North
America. Part of the dust jacket reads: "A truly continental history in both
its geographic and political scope, The Elusive West and the Conquest for
Empire investigates eighteenth-century diplomacy involving North America and
links geographic ignorance about the American West to Europeans' grand
geopolitical designs. Breaking from scholars' traditional focus of the
Atlantic world, Paul Mapp demonstrates the centrality of hitherto understudied
western regions to early American history." Mapp deals with the Spanish,
French, British and Amerindians ideas about the west, especially the
transMississippi west. The volume is well documented (footnotes at the bottom
of the page, as with the Bruckner volume) with research in the various archives.
Rand Burnette, Professor Emeritus of History, MacMurray College, Jacksonville,
January 8, 2012
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