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Master Thesis

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History, Canadian.



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Various methods in exploitation of resources are investigated in this study from prehistory through to the 19th century. The geographical focus is the Essex, Ontario region. Technological, ideological, social and ecological factors are considered in the research. The archaeological record regarding the prehistoric period provides data on land use, aboriginal settlement and subsistence strategies. The observation of explorers, surveyors, and military personnel supplies information in the resource base and reflects upon attitudes towards it. Land clearing, forest exploitation and the technology of the 19th Century is studied to illustrate the uses of the resource base during that century. The latter half of the 19th Century is included to provide a cohesive study of the results of the use and misuse over time of resources. To emphasize the points of study in this thesis for the post railroad era (circa 1854), a select number of reports, government statistics, and media observations are presented. Such reports point out the results of technological innovation on the resource base and what steps were being taken to mitigate the waste of resources. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .P444. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-01, page: 0129. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.