Across This Land: A Regional Geography of the United States by John C. Hudson

By John C. Hudson

In line with many years of study and written in transparent, concise prose via one of many top-rated geographers in North the United States, John C. Hudson's throughout This Land is a entire local geography of the North American continent.Clearly equipped, the ebook divides the whole usa and Canada into six significant areas, then extra subdivides them into twelve smaller parts. Hudson emphasizes each one zone or area's distinguishing place-specific attributes, including—to a bigger measure than earlier neighborhood geographies—political concerns. during this manner, the e-book tells the tale of every area, counting on a brisk narrative that unearths the dynamic procedures in their detailed features. the 1st wide neighborhood geography of the North American continent in over seventy-five years, Hudson's throughout This Land becomes the traditional textual content in geography classes facing Canada and the U.S. in addition to a well-liked reference paintings for students, scholars, and lay readers.

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Although Newfoundland was part of British North America, it did not join Canada when the Canadian Confederation was proclaimed in . The island’s economy was more closely tied to the North Atlantic trade—especially with Great Britain and the United States—than it was to Canada. Newfoundland sought to turn its independent status to advantage by brokering its own relationship with the United States but was rebuffed by both the British and Canadian governments. Not really Canadian, not British, and certainly not American, Newfoundland remained peripheral to all three of the larger economies and nations with which it conducted most of its business.

Import substitution of German and Japanese products for North American steel has led to mill closures on the East Coast, however, and the Quebec-Labrador mines now produce less ore than in former times. Newfoundland’s inherent claim to Labrador is to some extent compromised because the former is an island, and Labrador’s land boundary is with Quebec. These facts were made more real to Newfoundlanders in the s when the province developed what was then the largest hydroelectric project in the Western Hemisphere at Churchill Falls, Labrador.

With the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence water route established as the only feasible artery for shipment into the Canadian interior, Montreal grew faster than any of its rivals. It surpassed Quebec City in size by  and became Canada’s largest industrial center. The Lachine Canal, completed in , allowed ships from the interior to bypass the rapids that had stopped Jacques Cartier centuries earlier. Mills, foundries, and refineries built along the canal, on the southern edge of Montreal Island, stimulated new directions of urban growth.

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