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By Steve Nicholls

The first Europeans to set foot on North the United States stood in awe of the normal abundance ahead of them. The skies have been full of birds, seas and rivers teemed with fish, and the forests and grasslands have been a hunter’s dream, with populations of video game too plentiful and numerous to even fathom. It’s no ask yourself those first settlers suggestion they'd chanced on a paradise of types. thankfully for us, they left a legacy of copious documents documenting what they observed, and those observations give the chance to craft a much more special evocation of North the US earlier than its cost than the other position at the planet.

Here Steve Nicholls brings this awesome setting again to brilliant existence, demonstrating with either historic narrative and clinical inquiry simply what an grand position North the USA used to be and the way it regarded while the explorers first discovered it. the tale of the continent’s colonization types a backdrop to its typical heritage, which Nicholls explores in chapters at the North Atlantic, the East Coast, the Subtropical Caribbean, the West Coast, Baja California, and the good Plains. Seamlessly mixing firsthand bills from centuries prior with the findings of scientists this day, Nicholls additionally introduces us to a myriad forged of characters who've chronicled the altering panorama, from pre–Revolutionary period settlers to researchers whom he has met within the field.

A director and author of Emmy Award–winning natural world documentaries for the Smithsonian Channel, Animal Planet, nationwide Geographic, and PBS, Nicholls deploys a cinematic aptitude for taking pictures nature at its so much spell binding all through. yet Paradise Found is far greater than a party of what as soon as used to be: it's also a reminder of ways a lot now we have misplaced alongside the best way and an pressing name to motion so destiny generations are extra in charge stewards of the area round them. the result's well known technological know-how of the top order: a ebook as awesome because the panorama it recreates and as encouraged because the women and men who found it.

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