A virtual reconstruction of historic landscapes & lifestyles
Journeys into the past
The Elk The Buffalo
There is no better descriptions of the early southeast circa 1700 – 1800, than the words of the Native American, European and African peoples.
Generally, the ecological and geographical descriptions are accurate, though historical interpretation of events and worldviews can be quite different from the three perspectives.
1743 – North Carolina –
English Naturalist Mark Catesby
1752 – northeast of modern Asheville, North Carolina
Bishop Spangenburg Surveying Party
mountains - piedmont - swamps - savannas - barrens
In 1700, the bison (buffalo) roamed the eastern continental North America. Flocks of millions of Passenger Pigeons blackened the skies and enriched the forests. People were few and the open expanses of forests, grasslands, mountains and swamps teemed with wildlife, plants, fishes and birds.
Some described it as a great park where in places one could ride a horse under the canopies of immense trees and open grasslands speckled with clumps of trees called savannas. The natives modified the landscapes with the natural tool of “fire.” Grassy plains held their small herds of buffalo, elk and deer. Black bear thrived in the mountains and forests. Flocks of turkeys fed on fall forest floors littered with American chestnuts. It was indeed a vast reserve of natural resources from which was derived a sustainable lifestyle for native peoples who lived simply with natural technologies.
Resources of a Different Kind
Real people, real raw archives, real descriptions of early Native America and Anglo-frontier people.