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A complex mosaic of post oak and blackjack oak forests interspersed with prairies, the Cross Timbers cover large portions of south-eastern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, and north central Texas. Home to Native Americans over several thousand years, the Cross Timbers were considered a barrier to westward expansion in the nineteenth century, until roads and railroads opened up the region to farmers, ranchers, coal miners, and modern city developers, all of whom changed its character in far-reaching ways. This landmark book describes the natural environment of the Cross Timbers and interprets the role that people have played in transforming the region. Richard Francaviglia opens with a natural history that discusses the region's geography, geology, vegetation, and climate. He then traces the interaction of people and the landscape, from the earliest Native American inhabitants and European explorers to the developers and residents of today's ever-expanding cities and suburbs. Many historical and contemporary maps and photographs illustrate the text. Richard V. Francaviglia is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography at the University of Texas at Arlington.
This is the most important, original, and comprehensive regional study yet to appear of the amazing Cross Timbers region in North America... It will likely be the standard benchmark survey of the region for quite some time. -John Miller Morris, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Texas at San Antonio