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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1941. Department of Geography.


Copyright 1941, the author. Used by permission.


The present study has been undertaken to show how the organization of some natural geographical factors are significant in the interpretation of the early period of American History. Although this period involves a number of varied phases—Spanish, French, English, etc.—only Spanish occupancy in America is included in this study. This period of American history was chosen for the following reasons:

(1) Chronologically, it comes first in the period of historical events.

(2) Many textbook writers of history have neglected to give this period much emphasis and attention.

(3) The development of the Spanish contribution is sufficient to illustrate the method followed by this study.

The Spanish in America as a sample study does not offer an exhaustive development of this period of history, but undertakes only to indicate how teachers of history may amplify the interpretation of historical episodes by referring to the geographical environment.

Advisor: Earl E. Lackey