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LITERARY LANDSCAPES VOL.2

A work in progress, using James Fenimore Cooper's 1826 novel to explore 19th century perceptions of the American wilderness within the northeastern forests of Upstate New York.

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"It was a feature particular to the colonial wars of North America, that the toils and dangers of the wilderness were to be encountered, before the adverse hosts could meet. A wide, and apparently an impervious boundary of forests, severed the possessions of the hostile provinces of France and England.”

 

 
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At right: A 1759 map of Lake Champlain and Lake George, showing the route from Fort Edward to Montreal, owned by King George III (1738-1820). Collection of the British Library.

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