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The Edge of the World: Settlement, Production, and Trade in Early American Southwest Arkansas

Author(s): Carl Carlson-Drexler

Year: 2013

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The Atlantic World is usually used to focus on sites in the Chesapeake or other Eastern Seaboard loci of early settlement. By many reckonings, however, the Atlantic World endured well into the 19th century, and, if we take as a definition of the Atlantic World a focus on marine trade between the colonies and colonizers, then we must cast a much wider net. The earliest stages of settlement in the Trans-Mississippi South would certainly be included here. This paper explores the settlement of southwest Arkansas, an area founded on cotton production for export to industries in the northeastern United States and Europe. Drawing together market towns, farms, plantations, and ferries, the extension of the economic networks of the Atlantic World provided the basis for the early settlement of southern Arkansas.


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The Edge of the World: Settlement, Production, and Trade in Early American Southwest Arkansas. Carl Carlson-Drexler. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428207)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 431

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America