We Affect Our Biogeography

Alexander H. Harcourt

in Human Biogeography

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272118
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951778 | DOI:
We Affect Our Biogeography

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Humans affect the geographic distribution of other humans through conquest and genocide. The arrival of a powerful culture in a region has often been associated with the extinction of many native cultures. The exclusion to marginal areas of Native Americans is the same as has happened to many species with the arrival of Europeans on other continents. Not all disappearances, however, can be laid at the door of conquest. Most things are rare, including cultures. Most cultures have small populations in small areas, and small populations in small areas are prone to extinction whether they are invaded or not. Not all meetings between cultures result in conquest, however, and many cultures have been welcomed into other cultures' regions.

Keywords: conquest; cooperation; extinction; genocide; Indian Reservations; population size

Chapter.  2577 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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