Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 1998


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 8, No.1, 1998. Copyright © 1998 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


A Continent Defined is the second of three volumes on North American discovery edited by geographer John Logan Allen. For this volume, six contributors-three historians and three geographers, all North Americans were recruited.

The discoverers dealt with were, of course, late-comers who found long-term residents already there. Native Americans commonly supplied guides and sometimes maps, indispensable services. One wonders if a citation of G. Malcolm Lewis, of Sheffield, England, for his work on maps by aboriginals is not deserved.