By George R. Stewart
George R. Stewart’s vintage research of place-naming within the usa was once written in the course of global warfare II as a tribute to the various background of the nation’s peoples. greater than part a century later, Names at the Land is still the authoritative resource on its topic, whereas Stewart’s intimate wisdom of the USA and love of anecdote make his booklet a different and pleasant window on American background and social life.
Names at the Land is an engaging and beautifully certain landscape of language in motion. Stewart opens with the 1st eu names in what may later be the United States—Ponce de León’s flowery Florída, Cortés’s semi-mythical isle of California, and the purple Rio Colorado—before occurring to discover New England, New Amsterdam, and New Sweden, the French and the Russian legacies, and the not going contributions of all people from border ruffians to Boston Brahmins. those vigorous pages research the place and why Indian names have been more likely to be retained; nineteenth-century fads that gave upward thrust to dozens of Troys and Athens and to suburban Parksides, Brookmonts, and Woodcrest Manors; and deep and enduring mysteries akin to why “Arkansas” is Arkansaw, other than after all while it isn’t.
Names at the Land will interact someone who has ever puzzled on the curious names scattered around the American map. Stewart’s resolution is usually a story—one of the numerous tales that lie at the back of the wealthy and weird range of the united states.