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Shaped by Mother Nature
This paper discusses the historical interaction between Californian societies and California's climate, location and geology.
# 105148 | 2,247 words | 7 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 30, 2008 in Sociology (Theory) , Geography (General) , Geology and Geophysics (General)

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In this article, the writer explores the historical interaction between Californian societies and the state's climate, its location, and its curious geology - of which its vast stores of precious minerals is the most conspicuous feature. Although many things can potentially be said about this relationship, this paper argues that human societies in the Golden State have been profoundly shaped by their interaction - and occasional collision - with Mother Nature. The writer maintains that one cannot understand Californian society, where it has been and where it is going, without understanding its interaction to the environment. The paper looks at how human societies in California have been shaped by the region's environment, with particular attention being paid to the state's climate, geographic location and geology.

From the Paper:

"Proceeding further, it must be borne in mind that California's geographic location has historically made it isolated - not least of all because wind flows made it difficult for pre-modern ships to travel up the coast, thereby discouraging travel from Latin America, Europe and the United States. At the same time, whatever human societies sprang up in California - especially those that rose to ascendance after the founding of the earliest American colonies - had to deal with the unhappy fact that the land they called their own was on the same continental land-mass as the rapidly-growing Americans; likewise, Mexico was not far of and they, too, had designs on completely subjugating the California territory. Interestingly, a case can be made that ongoing nineteenth century disputes with Mexican leaders and elites about the extent of Mexican central government control in California were scarcely less vehement and acrimonious than the disputes "Californios" would similarly have with unruly US settlers trying to turn the region into a possession of the burgeoning United States."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chan, Sucheng and Spencer Olin. "The First Californians." Major Problems in California History. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. 29-55.
  • Dunbar, Robert G. Forging New Rights in Western Waters. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1983.
  • Durrenberger, Robert, George W. Hoffman, and G. Etzel Pearcy. California: The Last Frontier. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1969.
  • "Environmental Destiny, Part I." Course Notes. Pp.1-29 (additional information not provided).
  • "Environmental Destiny, Part II." Course Notes. Pp.1-56 (additional information not provided).

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