By George R. Stewart
George R. Stewart’s vintage research of place-naming within the usa was once written in the course of global warfare II as a tribute to the numerous history of the nation’s peoples. greater than part a century later, Names at the Land is still the authoritative resource on its topic, whereas Stewart’s intimate wisdom of the US and love of anecdote make his publication a different and pleasant window on American background and social life.
Names at the Land is an interesting and beautifully designated landscape of language in motion. Stewart opens with the 1st eu names in what might later be the United States—Ponce de León’s flowery Florída, Cortés’s semi-mythical isle of California, and the crimson Rio Colorado—before happening to discover New England, New Amsterdam, and New Sweden, the French and the Russian legacies, and the not going contributions of every body from border ruffians to Boston Brahmins. those vigorous pages study the place and why Indian names have been prone to be retained; nineteenth-century fads that gave upward thrust to dozens of Troys and Athens and to suburban Parksides, Brookmonts, and Woodcrest Manors; and deep and enduring mysteries reminiscent of why “Arkansas” is Arkansaw, other than in fact while it isn’t.
Names at the Land will interact an individual who has ever puzzled on the curious names scattered around the American map. Stewart’s solution is usually a story—one of the numerous tales that lie in the back of the wealthy and weird variety of the united states.
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