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Mount Mitchell And The Black Mountains: An Environmental History Of The Highest Peaks In Eastern America

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Each year, thousands of tourists visit Mount Mitchell, the most prominent feature of North Carolina's Black Mountain range and the highest peak in the eastern United States. From Native Americans and early explorers to land speculators and conservationists, people have long been drawn to this rugged region. Timothy Silver explores the long and complicated history of the ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published March 3rd 2003 by University of North Carolina Press
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Don
Jun 15, 2015 Don rated it it was amazing
GREAT BOOK! It tells the history of man in these mountains beginning with the Native Americans including the Pisgah’s who lived here in the 1400’s, then on to Hernando De Soto and his Conquistadors who 600 strong (with 200 pigs and armored attack dogs) marched through the area around 1540 on Indian paths, followed much later by English and French. Of particular interest to me was the chronicling of the discovery of plants by André Michaux who sent thousands of plant specimens back to France.
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Christopher
Oct 05, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but I am interested in the subject matter and my opinion is biased. This work is both a mix of history and nature writing. The author is an avid hiker and explorer of the Black Mountains and he incorporates portions of his nature journal to begin and separate each chapter into segments. The journal entries are well-done and on-point, while the history is informative and well-researched.

The history spans from the creation of the Appalachians to present times, but Timot
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