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The Search for Geographical Order: The American Geographical Society

Neil Smith

in American Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520230279
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230279.003.0004
The Search for Geographical Order: The American Geographical Society

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This chapter looks at the search for order that enveloped the United States during the turn of the twentieth century. It identifies the ways the search for order was conducted, and states that it was inherently geographical. The discussion also introduces the American Geographical Society (AGS), which sponsored expeditions and hosted lectures by returning explorers and scientists. One section looks at Bowman's AGS directorship, where he was able to build an energetic and powerful research institution. This is followed by a discussion of the millionth map of South America, which was the largest single geographical research project in the United States. The chapter also discusses Robert E. Peary and his discovery of the North Pole.

Keywords: search for order; American Geographical Society; directorship; millionth map; Robert E. Peary

Chapter.  12209 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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