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Stephen H. Long

Added by yongli on 03/12/2020 - 14:17, last changed on 07/30/2020 - 08:58
Stephen Harriman Long (1784–1864) was an American military explorer best known for leading an expedition into present-day Colorado in 1820. On his expedition map, he famously labeled the arid Great Plains as a “ Great American Desert ” where agriculture could not thrive. His description was...

“Great American Desert”

Added by yongli on 09/30/2016 - 09:37, last changed on 01/10/2018 - 01:07
Early nineteenth century Army explorers Zebulon Pike and Stephen H. Long conceptualized the Great Plains east of the Rocky Mountains as the “Great American Desert.” Long’s report called it “unfit for cultivation,” while Pike compared it to “the sandy deserts of Africa.” The myth of the Great...
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