Wilderness and Civilization: 1700-1800

Commerce pushes diverse explorers and entrepreneurs further west. Some realize the importance of conservation as civilization begins to consume natural resources.

"Thus we behold Kentucky, lately an howling wilderness, the habitation of savages and wild beasts, become a fruitful field; this region, so favourably distinguished by nature, now become the habitation of civilization, at a period unparalleled in history, in the midst of a raging war, and under all the disadvantages of emigration to a country so remote from the inhabited parts of the continent."

—Daniel Boone
The Adventures of Daniel Boone, 1784

Follow the links below to read insights from some notable authors.

Read from "The Recluse" by William Wordsworth.

Go to Wilderness: 1800-1850