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Socially Constructed Geography
Challenges the idea that the landscape of America, prior to its discovery, was a pristine wilderness untouched by humanity.
# 54418 | 1,814 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 27, 2004 in History (U.S. American Society, 1640-1750) , Geography (General)

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This paper looks at the long-held belief and idea taught about American geography: that America was a wild and free paradise conquered by champions and pioneers of freedom and adventure. The paper argues that this perception is merely a socially constructed view of geography designed to play into the cultural idealism that promote a heritage of man overcoming extreme obstacles to attain glory and recognition. The paper also contends that the landscape of America was, in fact, more inhabited and developed before the discovery of America by European explorers because of the presence of Native Americans than it was after the discovery.

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