Unpuzzling American Climate: New World Experience and the Foundations of a New Science

  title={Unpuzzling American Climate: New World Experience and the Foundations of a New Science},
  author={Sam White},
  pages={544 - 566}
  • S. White
  • Published 1 September 2015
  • Environmental Science
  • Isis
In the early exploration and colonization of the Americas, Europeans encountered unfamiliar climates that challenged received ideas from classical geography. This experience drove innovative efforts to understand and explain patterns of weather and seasons in the New World. A close examination of three climatic puzzles (the habitability of the tropics, debates on the likelihood of a Northwest Passage, and the unexpectedly harsh weather in the first North American colonies) illustrates how… 

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