By Donald Davis
Donald Edward Davis discusses the degradation of the southern Appalachians on a few degrees, from the overall results of cost and to the extinction of the yank chestnut because of blight and logging within the early 1900s. This portrait of environmental destruction is echoed by way of the human fight to outlive in a single of our nation's poorest components. The farming, cattle elevating, dam construction, and pearl and logging industries that experience progressively destroyed this sector have additionally been the livelihood of the Appalachian humans. the writer explores the occasionally conflicting wishes of people and nature within the mountains whereas offering extraordinary and complete learn at the more and more threatened setting of the southern Appalachians.
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Later, as glaciers moved southward (they never actually reached southern Appalachia), cranberries moved ahead of them, flourishing in the great beds of sphagnum moss that were found in isolated pockets of southwestern Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina. 7 De Soto s march was slowed considerably by the Blue Ridge Mountains, which forced the expeditionaries northward along the narrow valley of the French Broad River. It took over a week for the men to completely cross the mountains, as the rough terrain and weak condition of the men and horses greatly slowed travel.
At that time trade became concentrated around the Gulf Coast, after Spanish packet boats began sailing between Havana and San Marcos, a seaport created by Colonial interests wanting to evade royal taxes levied on exports from St. Augustine. 5 At the various Franciscan missions, Spanish friars obtained pearls, skins of deer and elk, bison hides, blankets, and other native goods from the Indians in exchange for knives, axes, scissors, hoes, glass beads, brass bells, trinkets, blankets, and cloth.
Equally important is the fact that they collectively furnish the first written record of the mountain landscape as it must have appeared before initial European contact. 11 By all accounts, the De Soto expedition entered the region from the east, arriving in western North Carolina toward the end of May. After ascending the first lofty ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains around 25 May 1540, De Soto and his men entered a dense forest of mature chestnuts and oaks. The chestnut trees were probably in full bloom at this time, and the sweet aroma must have been intoxicating to De Soto and his men.