Book ID: CBB896138227

How the West Was Drawn: Mapping, Indians, and the Construction of the Trans-Mississippi West (2018)


Bernstein, David (Author)

University of Nebraska Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 324
Language: English

How the West Was Drawn explores the geographic and historical experiences of the Pawnees, the Iowas, and the Lakotas during the European and American contest for imperial control of the Great Plains during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. David Bernstein argues that the American West was a collaborative construction between Native peoples and Euro-American empires that developed cartographic processes and culturally specific maps, which in turn reflected encounter and conflict between settler states and indigenous peoples. Bernstein explores the cartographic creation of the Trans-Mississippi West through an interdisciplinary methodology in geography and history. He shows how the Pawnees and the Iowas—wedged between powerful Osages, Sioux, the horse- and captive-rich Comanche Empire, French fur traders, Spanish merchants, and American Indian agents and explorers—devised strategies of survivance and diplomacy to retain autonomy during this era. The Pawnees and the Iowas developed a strategy of cartographic resistance to predations by both Euro-American imperial powers and strong indigenous empires, navigating the volatile and rapidly changing world of the Great Plains by brokering their spatial and territorial knowledge either to stronger indigenous nations or to much weaker and conquerable American and European powers.How the West Was Drawn is a revisionist and interdisciplinary understanding of the global imperial contest for North America’s Great Plains that illuminates in fine detail the strategies of survival of the Pawnees, the Iowas, and the Lakotas amid accommodation to predatory Euro-American and Native empires.

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Review April R. Summitt (2019) Review of "How the West Was Drawn: Mapping, Indians, and the Construction of the Trans-Mississippi West". Journal of American History (pp. 747-747). unapi

Review Frank Kelderman (2020) Review of "How the West Was Drawn: Mapping, Indians, and the Construction of the Trans-Mississippi West". Imago Mundi: A Review of Early Cartography (pp. 81-82). unapi

Review Alessandra Link (July 2019) Review of "How the West Was Drawn: Mapping, Indians, and the Construction of the Trans-Mississippi West". Environmental History (pp. 602-604). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Brückner, Martin
Short, John Rennie
Achim, Miruna
Rickenbacher, Martin
Hämäläinen, Pekka
Dennis, Matthew
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Cartographica Helvetica
William and Mary Quarterly
Journal of Medical Biography
History and Anthropology
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Cambridge University Press
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture by University of North Carolina Press
Reaktion Books
University of Pennsylvania Press
Scarecrow Press
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Native American civilization and culture
Indigenous peoples; indigeneity
Maps; atlases
Léon y Gama, Antonio de
Hassler, Ferdinand Rudolph
Rush, Benjamin
Dampier, William
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
Early modern
20th century
16th century
United States
North America
Latin America
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Académie Royale des Sciences (France)

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