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Over the past 225 years, the United States has evolved from a land devoid of development, to a nation largely centered around metropolitan urban areas. These areas and the processes by which they were developed point to similar themes of regional development around the world. These themes can be seen from ancient times in the Mediterranean regions, to present day China. The United States followed the previously observed patterns in that agricultural hinterlands held alliances with the urban centers previously established and grew along the lines of transportation and trade routes. Development is attributed to the victories of particular societies whether the victory is in technology or war. In this paper, we argue that the pattern of settlement in any undeveloped portion of land is similar in every time period, regardless of the amount of
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Unformatted text preview: technology present or known in that society. In order for an area to be efficiently urbanized, it is necessary for a stable route of transportation to be established. We see this method of control used in ancient Rome, when colonization is taking place. Roads were built to connect the main city to regions that would otherwise be isolated. These roads ensured that Rome had control of areas that would be desirable either for defense against enemies or useful for trade and the exploitation of natural resources. New roads also provided better communication with the center cities and its surrounding developing hinterlands. Similarly in the United States, we see roads being built for the purpose of military defense, as well as the transportation of goods and communication with land that could be used for development, or its resources....
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