By Anya Zilberstein
'A Temperate Empire' explores how early North American settlers understood the frequent strategy of weather warming and attempted to remake neighborhood climates via colonial cost and monetary development.
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Courtesy of David Rumsey Historical Map Collection. 2 An 1828 map based on Alexander von Humboldt’s isotherms. The inset explains: “The Figures upon the Chart indicate the mean Annual temperature of the places… . The dotted lines crossing the Chart point out to places which have equal degree of heat. These form the boundaries of regions distinguished by color… . Woodbridge, “Isothermal Chart Or View Of the Climates & Productions of The Earth” (London: Whittaker, 1828). Courtesy of David Rumsey Historical Map Collection.
21 Moreover, for early Americans, climate change was an intended consequence of economic development. They felt encouraged by the beneficial moderation of extreme climates, which they understood as a deliberate, righteous, and anxiously awaited outcome of population growth and industrious activity rather than their unintended, lamentable, uncontrollable, and only belatedly recognized side effect. Contemporary engagement with global warming is thus in some ways a dramatic reversal of the early modern prophesies discussed in this book.
James I then extended this branding technique northward when he granted the peninsula that the French called Acadia to William Alexander, whose New Scotland colony lasted only from 1629 to 1632 but provided later British colonizers with the latinized name Nova Scotia. ]. Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. 41 The Golden Mean 41 New England’s boundaries. Complications resulted partly from the Council of New England’s expansionist mandate but also from its members’ ignorance of the geography of the country.
A temperate empire: making climate change in early America by Anya Zilberstein