New PDF release: American Capitals: A Historical Geography

By Christian Montès

ISBN-10: 022608048X

ISBN-13: 9780226080482

State capitals are an indelible a part of the yank psyche, spatial representations of country strength and nationwide id. studying them through center is a ceremony of passage in grade tuition, a pedagogical workout that emphasizes the significance of committing place-names to reminiscence. yet geographers have not begun to investigate country capitals in any intensity. In American Capitals, Christian Montès takes us on a well-researched trip throughout America—from Augusta to Sacramento, Albany to Baton Rouge—shedding mild alongside the best way at the ancient situations that resulted in their appointment, their luck or failure, and their evolution over time.

While all nation capitals have a few features in common—as symbols of the nation, as embodiments of political strength and selection making, as public areas with inner most interests—Montès doesn't interpret them via a unmarried lens, largely end result of the changes of their spatial and old evolutionary styles. a few have remained small, whereas others have developed into bustling metropolises, and Montès explores the dynamics of switch and development. All yet 11 country capitals have been confirmed within the 19th century, thirty-five prior to 1861, yet, fairly astonishingly, merely 8 of the fifty states have maintained their unique capitals. regardless of their respected prestige because the so much huge and ancient towns in the US, capitals come from unusually humble beginnings, usually stricken by instability, clash, hostility, and corruption. Montès reminds us of the interval during which they took place, “an period of pioneer and idealized territorial vision,” coupled with a still-evolving American citizenry and democracy.

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When it became a royal province in 1689, Maryland also became a Protestant province. The name of the new capital, initially Proctor’s Landing (1694) and then Ann Arundel Town (the fam- c apital s a s pl ac e s of me mory |  ily name of Lord Baltimore’s spouse, scion of another prominent Catholic family, the Earls of Arundel), could not be retained. It was renamed Annapolis in 1695, no more honoring Lady Baltimore, but Princess Anne, her name being “grecianized,” who was soon to become queen (Reps 1969, 133).

Three of them followed for the first time an “American style”: Baton Rouge, Louisiana (the first capitol, built in 1882, was a mock-Gothic castle); Lincoln, Nebraska, and Bismarck, North Dakota. They all exhibit a 1920s–1930s skyscraper style that unites both of Hitchcock and Seale’s “American contributions to world architecture,” skyscrapers and capitols, in another example of the dual scale (nation and state) of condensation present in state capitals. Although they do not have a dome, they continue the tradition of the capitol as the tallest building in town.

The new settlement was first called Harrisburg(h), from the name of Richard T. Harris, who was the first—with Joseph Juneau—to enter a town claim on October 18, 1880. But on February 10, 1881, the name was changed to Rockwell. The probable cause (it has not been recorded) was dissension among the early miners. Rockwell got eighteen votes, Juneau fifteen, and Harrisburg only one. Rockwell’s town plat was filed on March 26, 1881. But, while the army, which had jurisdiction over Alaska, immediately adopted the new name of Rockwell, the new post office, created in April 1881, called the town Harrisburgh.

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