By William B. Meyer
This revealing e-book synthesizes study from many fields to supply the 1st entire historical past of the jobs performed through climate and weather in American existence from colonial occasions to the current. writer William B. Meyer characterizes climate occasions as impartial phenomena which are inherently neither dangers nor assets, yet can develop into both looking on the actions with which they have interaction. Meyer files the ways that other forms of climate all through background have represented dangers and assets not just for such uncovered open air targets as agriculture, struggle, transportation, building, and sport, yet for different geographical regions of existence starting from production to migration to human healthiness. He issues out that whereas the elements and weather by means of themselves have by no means made up our minds the process human occasions, their value as been consistently altered for greater and for worse via the evolution of yankee lifestyles.
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Climates, Cultures, and Founding Myths 19 Prized by the English in this relative sense, the lower latitudes were also judged ideal in an absolute sense. Hakluyt spoke of "the mines there of Golde . . 5 According to the geological thought of the time, precious metals grew and matured underground, at rates governed by the heat of the sun above. The sunnier and hotter the country, the more valuable its ores. Thus gold and silver were best sought—whether by mining them or by plundering the ships and towns of those who did— in the lands closest to the equator.
44 New Orleans suffered even more. Politics in the early eighteenth century seemed to dictate the establishment of a French settlement on the low flatlands commanding the mouth of the Mississippi River, where climate and terrain seemed to veto it. Politics won, and floods from above, hurricanes from the Gulf, and fevers in the hot months became more destructive than before, having more around them to destroy. The Louisiana colony did make some concessions to its environment. Levees begun almost as soon as New Orleans was founded offered some protection from high water.
101 There were critics too who argued that the clearing and cultivation that Barlow and others hoped would soften the American climate would instead make it harsher. 102 Thus any intervention might have consequences, perhaps disastrous ones, that divine wisdom could have foreseen but that imperfect human wisdom could not. That was one objection to trying to remake the weather. That any change was likely to cause damage to some while helping others was a second. That the same weather shared by all was not equally beneficial to all was most obvious in war.