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Cartographic Examination of French Toponymic Spatial Patterns in the Mississippi River Basin

  • Marcelle CaturiaEmail author
  • Peter Anthamatten
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Abstract

Place-names, or toponyms, represent both location and symbolic meaning. In this chapter, we examine how mapping the spatial distribution of toponyms across landscapes can reveal otherwise hidden cultural patterns. This study uses spatial-statistical methods to visualize general spatial patterns of French place-names in the Mississippi River Basin and describes a qualitative historical and cultural analysis of sociopolitical patterns at the more local scale of Minnesota. The resulting maps enable us to better understand how and why French toponymic power changed over time and provide useful insights to the region’s geography and history.

Keywords

Toponymy Cartography Mississippi River France Integrated methods Map analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geography and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Colorado DenverDenverUSA

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