Thomas Jefferson And Modern Geography

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Samuel Schafer
Dr. Michael Pretes
GE 300W

Jefferson and Modern Geography

Geography is such a holistic discipline that it requires much concentration and focus on its subject matter. A geographer must focus on a specific topic that interests him or her and devote their brain power to discovering how the area of interest is influenced by its geographic environment through a spatial perspective. Thomas Jefferson is one such individual who committed throughout his life to view the world through the spatial lens.
In William A. Koelsch’s article on Thomas Jefferson, American Geographers, and the Uses of Geography Koelsch makes the argument for the reanalysis of Jefferson’s geographic prowess as basis for his title as the “Father of Modern Geography” (Koelsch, 2010). If we know the current state of modern geography, we can then trace the influencers of the current philosophical approach to spatial thinking through our history books to then find the impact of Thomas Jefferson’s influence on the study of geography and how his influence has evolved geography into the expansive science it is today. As revealed in Tim Cresswell’s textbook Geographic Thought, modern Geography is largely a product of key influential geographers who applied their research to changing and solving some of the greatest issues of their time. The granite base for the Geography we know today was founded on the spatial thinking of the early German geographers. Among them was one Alexander
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