The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley by Warren R. HofstraThe Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley by Warren R. Hofstra

The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley

byWarren R. Hofstra

Paperback | August 18, 2005

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In the eighteenth century, Virginia's Shenandoah Valley became a key corridor for America's westward expansion through the Cumberland Gap. Known as "New Virginia," the region west of the Blue Ridge Mountains set off the world of the farmer from that of the planter, grain and livestock production from tobacco culture, and a free labor society from a slave labor society. In The Planting of New Virginia Warren Hofstra offers the first comprehensive geographical history of one of North America's most significant frontier areas. By examining the early landscape history of the Shenandoah Valley in its regional and global context, Hofstra sheds new light on social, economic, political, and intellectual developments that affected both the region and the entire North American Atlantic world.

Paying special attention to the Shenandoah Valley's backcountry frontier culture, Hofstra shows how that culture played a unique role in the territorial struggle between European empires and Native American nations. He weaves together the broad cultural and geographic threads that underlie the story of the valley's place in the early European settlement of eastern North America. He also reveals the distinctive ways in which settlers shaped the valley's geography during the eighteenth century, a pattern that evolved from "discrete open-country neighborhoods" into a complex "town and country settlement" that would come to characterize-and in many ways epitomize-middle America.

An important addition to scholarship of the geography and history of colonial and early America, The Planting of New Virginia, rethinks American history and the evolution of the American landscape in the colonial era.

Warren R. Hofstra is the Stewart Bell Professor of History at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
Title:The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah ValleyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.89 inPublished:August 18, 2005Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801882710

ISBN - 13:9780801882715

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A thorough, wide-ranging analysis of the complex issues surrounding the white settlement of the Shenandoah Valley. The Planting of New Virginia is the product of years of patient, meticulous research and careful historical interpretation. It represents, in fact, a life's work. One of the most important contributions this book makes to the scholarship of colonial America is the success with which Hofstra places settlement in the Shenandoah Valley, and the communities, cultural landscapes and commercial networks that sprang from it, in the international context of strategic imperial decisions. The result is a richly textured history of the Valley in the eighteenth century that balances the aspirations of individual settlers with the broader imperial concerns of British ministers and colonial governors.