B OOK R EVIEWS E D I T E D B Y A N YA J A B O U R The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley. By Warren R. Hofstra. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. Pp. xv, 410. Illustrations, maps. Cloth, $49.95.) The term ``New Virginia'' denoted an eighteenth-century geographic division between planter and small farm economies in the Old Dominion. For Warren R. Hofstra, the name reflects new cultural and economic directions that emerged in the West during the colonial era and the early republic. Hofstra probes that development by placing the scope of the study within the larger geographical and historical context of the Virginia backcountry. The Planting of New Virginia investigates patterns of settlement and economic development as expressed in the landscape of the northern Shenandoah Valley between the 1730s and the early 1800s. That area symbolized changes taking place in the entire valley as it evolved from a peripheral region to a ``forcountry'' (1) with an interconnecting ``town and country landscape'' (2) based upon strong commercial ties to the Atlantic trade. Hofstra combines the terminology of cultural geography, economic studies, and history to argue that
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Jun 13, 2005
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