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Title:Annotated bibliography of observations on Illinois water resources 1673-1850
Author(s):Schlunz, Thomas P.; Sutton, Robert M.; White, George W.
Contributor(s):University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Illinois Historical Survey
Subject(s):Water resource development
Water resource development--Illinois
Human dimensions
Early observations
Travel narratives
Water resources evaluation
Geographic Coverage:Illinois (state)
Abstract:This study is concerned with the development of the water resources to the middle of the nineteenth century. The works involved in it are the French accounts of their travels in the Illinois Country in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries; the accounts of the later eighteenth century, during the British period (1763-1783) when the Northwest was closed by royal proclamation to settlement; and the accounts of the nineteenth century when settlement began, primarily in the southern part of the State and, less formally, in the lead region of the northwest corner. By the middle of the century, Illinois reached the stage of sophisticated development; the Federal lands in the State had, almost all been entered, and the frontier had moved westward. An introductory text illustrates the nature of the findings, both as to observations, as well as the influence of the resources themselves, on the growth of the State of Illinois. An extensively annotated bibliography consists of travel narratives and descriptive accounts of Illinois written by observers who were in the State or who wrote of the State between the years 1673 and 1850. These limits were chosen because the first recorded European set foot on Illinois soil in 1673, and after the middle of the nineteenth century the official State and Federal geological reports can be relied upon. The works included in this list were chosen because the authors of them recorded observations bearing on the state of the water resources in Illinois at the time of their visits or publication. The entries in the bibliography consist of the titles, an introductory and summary paragraph, and the pertinent selections from the works.
Issue Date:1967-08
Publisher:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Sponsor:U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
Rights Information:Copyright 1967 held by Thomas P. Schlunz, Robert M. Sutton, George W. White
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-05-18

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