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Published: 19 January 2006

336 Pages | 9 halftones & maps

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195304466

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Creatures of Empire

How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America

Virginia DeJohn Anderson

A stunning account that presents our history in a truly new light, Creatures of Empire reveals how livestock were a central factor in the cultural clash between colonists and Indians as well as a driving force in the expansion west. The book shows how colonists failed to anticipate the problems that would arise as Indians began encountering free-ranging livestock at almost every turn, often trespassing in their cornfields. Moreover, when growing populations and an expansive style of husbandry required far more space than they had expected, colonists could see no alternative but to appropriate Indian land, thus beginning the movement west.