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Author notes

He is the author of Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England (Hill and Wang, 1983) and Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (W.W. Norton, 1991), which was awarded the Bancroft Prize in American History. Cronon also edited Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature (W.W. Norton, 1995), from which this excerpt in taken.