American River Names

JoatSimeon at JoatSimeon at
Tue Apr 3 03:55:44 UTC 2001

In a message dated 4/2/01 6:18:50 PM Mountain Daylight Time,
dlwhite at writes:

> So though low population density probably is a factor, I doubt that
> is can be considered decisive.

-- using Spanish names for local features was a general policy in the Spanish
Empire, both at the governmental and local level.

English settlers in North America, by contrast, tended to use (with some
exceptions) local names, even though they made a much closer approach to
total elimination of the Indian population.

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