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Changes in the Land

One thing I noticed was the author's use of Thoreau in the beginning and Thoreau's use of the term "noble animals". It seems to me that this kind of thinking, that one kind of animal is more noble than the other, is exactly what Cronon is trying to get away from, and how even in these poetic and early description of the changes white man is doing to the land, it's still written in subjective terms. Also, Cronon mentions fossil pollen to briefly describe how the landscape has changed in recent centuries since white man came. Fossilization is probably a better means for dating things older than just a few hundred years.