Marketing the Frontier in the Northwest Territory

Land Sales, Soils and the Settling of the Great Lakes Region in the 19th Century

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About the Book

Combining narrative history with data-rich social and economic analysis, this study examines the failure of frontier farms in the antebellum Northwest Territory, where legislatively created markets and poor surveying resulted in massive investment losses for both individual farmers and the national economy. The history of farming in the Great Lakes region is described, with specific focus on the State of Michigan, viewed through a case study of Midland County. Inter and intra-state differences in soil endowments, public and private promoters of site-specific investment opportunities, time trends in settled populations and the experiences of individual investors are covered in detail.

About the Author(s)

After two decades of social science research and teaching at Columbia University, UC-Berkeley, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Florida State University, Robert E. Mitchell entered the Foreign Service with long-term postings in the Near East and Africa. Since his retirement in 1995, he authored a half dozen non-fiction books and many new social and economic history articles. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Robert E. Mitchell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8067-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3906-2
Imprint: McFarland