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Pristine environment before settlement?

January 23, 2010
By Garry Brandenburg

History lessons can distort. And that is what does happen, to an extent, when elementary and high school studies paint word pictures of what Iowa was like prior to any white man settlement. It was typical for the idea that a great grassland wilderness needed to be tamed. The implication was also in place that the pre-settlement environment was "pristine", perfect, in balance, and going about life in some sort of idealistic utopia.

 
 

 

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