Colonial NC Geography

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Geography of North Carolina in the Colonial Period

This course will explore the colonization of North Carolina, 1587-1800, by placing the natural resources, terrain, and colonists in North Carolina in the context of the global economy of that time period, and how this interaction influenced settlement patterns and strategies. We will use the physical and ecological environment of the state at that time as a framework for human activities to better understand why settlement progressed as it did, and how these early decisions shaped the cultural and economic future of the state. Using a multidisciplinary approach involving History, Physical Geography, and Economics allows for a more complete understanding of why North Carolina developed as it did, and the recognition of the factors that continue to influence the state culturally, economically, and politically.

Course Details
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Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
185: MWF 11:00am-11:50am
189: MWF 12:00pm-12:50pm
196: MWF 1:00pm-1:50pm
Fall 2024
Global Issues

Brian Fannon

Brian Fannon, a native of Boone, NC, has most recently worked as Yadkin Riverkeeper for the Yadkin River Basin in North Carolina. He has previously worked as a fisheries biologist in Alaska and in numerous locations on the East Coast, and held several positions in natural and  cultural history preservation and interpretation, including Education Director at Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center in Statesville, NC and Tour Operations Manager Denali Park, Alaska.  He has taught environmental science at several schools and universities, including Salem College and in rural Kenya.  His career has focused primarily on aquatic systems and natural and cultural resources interpretation.  Fannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wake Forest University, a Master’s degree in Historical Geography from Appalachian State University and PhD in Physical Geography from UNC Greensboro.