By Warren A. Beck, Ynez D. Haase
The long-lasting photo evoked by means of the yank West is certainly one of grand actual and old romance, spectacle, and drama. Many generations of historians, either renowned and educational, have sought to communique the original features of this area, whose background and actual environment have for thus lengthy captured the general public mind's eye. within the ancient Atlas of the yankee West, a historian and a geographer meet this problem by way of telling the tale of the zone from a entire geographical viewpoint. Defining the yankee West because the seventeen contiguous states from the one-hundredth meridian westward (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, California, Oregon, and Washington), Warren A. Beck and Ynez D. Haase supply seventy-eight maps, every one with explanatory textual content and a selective bibliography of additional readings.This atlas provides the heritage of the West from prehistoric occasions to the current. The actual features of the region—its usual assets and geographic positive aspects, climatic zones, agricultural areas, mineral assets, and local plants fauna—are provided, besides particular maps stressing the effect of ordinary mess ups equivalent to floods, earthquakes, and the eruption of Mount St. Helens.Several maps supply exact perspectives of Western Indians from precedent days to the latter a part of the 19th century, together with maps dedicated to the tragedy at Wounded Knee, the Ghost Dance faith, and Indian judicial districts. the entire significant explorations and overland hobbies within the area, in addition to the evolution of transportation routes—from farm animals trails to trendy railroads—are depicted. The Spanish-Mexican land gives you are awarded intimately, with designated emphasis at the early ranchos of Texas. destinations of vital army occasions and installations, starting from the Indian Wars of West to international battle II POW camps, are recorded.Beck and Haase have therefore succeeded in synthesizing and capsulizing an unlimited quantity of data at the American West to create seventy-eight vignettes of uniquely western occasions and lifestyles methods from 1536 to 1980. supplying insights into the region’s geography and a few of the teams that experience populated the West over the centuries, this atlas will supply a worthy reference for students and interesting leisure for Western background buffs.