Notes 6 - Feb 9 European Conquest, Environmental...

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Feb 9 European Conquest, Environmental Transformation and the beginnings of environmental conservation thought (1650-1900) -Key features of a Native Americans’ relationship to environment priot to European conquest: 1. The human nature relation was viewed as a reciprocal one: man was not viewed as separate from, but part of nature with spiritual powers accorded to certain animate and in-animate “parts’ of nature 2. A deeper awareness of the inter-relatedness of components of the environment than prevalent within European Societies. 3. A sustenance economy-little economic growth and limited interest in accumulation of material wealth European Settlers -Initial views of landscape -Incredible, natural, abundance -Seemingly limitless -Unspoiled “empty” Nature-a place to start anew These views tempered by harshness of survival -Wilderness-refuge from civilization’s moral limits (evil and sovereignty) -An abundant, productive nature that needed to be tamed -Manifest Destiny: Political ideology to incorporate territory, tame
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course ENVIR 120 taught by Professor Bert during the Fall '11 term at Wisconsin.

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Notes 6 - Feb 9 European Conquest, Environmental...

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