By Anya Zilberstein
'A Temperate Empire' explores how early North American settlers understood the frequent strategy of weather warming and attempted to remake neighborhood climates via colonial payment and fiscal development.
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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. But even before that victory, British cartographers and historians deployed New England’s earliest charters to lay claim to lands much farther to the region’s north and west. In his influential 1755 map for the Board of Trade, John Mitchell noted the “Northern Bounds of New England by Charter Nov. 39 During the perpetual reshuffling of sovereignty throughout the seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries, the interior and exterior borders of the Northeast grew, shrank, or changed so frequently that charters, surveys, maps, and geographical references sometimes simply situated New England or Nova Scotia somewhere in the “more northerly parts” of North America.
26 What is remarkable is that France and England had once also been vulnerable to such formulations. From the perspective of the classical world, northwestern Europe was located on the cold, distant fringes of high civilization. The mild climate of the Mediterranean produced natural leaders. ” By contrast, unsophisticated, politically weaker societies lived at or beyond the borderlands of ancient empires. North and south of the Mediterranean, intense climates allowed for only a bare subsistence and so retarded progress of any kind.
However, “longe experience” proved this supposition to be false. e. of the countries lying between Oporto, Barcelona, Naples, and Constantinople, on the South; and Buda, Munich, Brisac, and Port L’Orient on the North, is the peculiar coldness of its winters. The heat of our summers may be somewhat greater, than that of these European Countries. 22 If for Hubbard, Dwight, and Neal these local conditions were merely an unpleasant feature of life in the region, for critics of northern colonization they presented serious disadvantages.
A temperate empire: making climate change in early America by Anya Zilberstein