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Alexander Harcourt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272118

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272118.001.0001

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We Affect Our Biogeography

We Affect Our Biogeography

(p.207) 8 We Affect Our Biogeography
Human Biogeography

Alexander H. Harcourt

University of California Press

Humans affect the geographic distribution of other humans through conquest and genocide. The arrival of a powerful culture in a region has often been associated with the extinction of many native cultures. The exclusion to marginal areas of Native Americans is the same as has happened to many species with the arrival of Europeans on other continents. Not all disappearances, however, can be laid at the door of conquest. Most things are rare, including cultures. Most cultures have small populations in small areas, and small populations in small areas are prone to extinction whether they are invaded or not. Not all meetings between cultures result in conquest, however, and many cultures have been welcomed into other cultures' regions.

Keywords:   conquest, cooperation, extinction, genocide, Indian Reservations, population size

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