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The Expansion of New England: The Spread of New England Settlement and Institutions to the Mississippi River, 1620-1865
Expansion of New England
Product Code: US0320
Number of CDs: 1
Author: Lois Kimball Mathews
Pages: 29 maps (many in color), 370
Pub. Date: (1909) 2007
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The author narrates the chronology of the settlement of New England in the colonial period and then the migration of New Englanders and their culture to the west and south in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The story is illustrated with many carefully drawn and informative maps. 

Mathews begins with the small number of settlements along the coast of New England in the 1620s, and then describes the rapid establishment of new towns resulting from the Great Migration of the 1630s. She goes on to show the further expansion of settlement as the population grew by natural means. She pays special attention to the reversals in the numbers of settlements consequent to the various conflicts with the Indians.

Within a very short time New Englanders moved to regions that are now part of New York and New Jersey, and in the late eighteenth century this pattern accelerated. There were a few outposts of New Englanders in the south as well. After the Revolution New England migration spread further west into New York and also into Pennsylvania.

Then, in the early nineteenth century the migration of New Englanders (or of those descended from New Englanders) continued on into the Old Northwest, making substantial contributions to the early settlement of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

An important feature of this volume is the large number of maps, which contribute to a clear visualization of the settlement progress. The author created a map for nearly every decade of the period from 1620 to 1685. A very useful feature of the maps for the states west of New England is a distinction between those areas settled by New Englanders and those areas settled by others.

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The Expansion of New England: The Spread of New England Settlement and Institutions to the Mississippi River, 1620-1865
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