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“Great American Desert”

Added by yongli on 09/30/2016 - 09:37, last changed on 11/02/2022 - 12:43
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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