By Richard Martin
A examine of mid-twentieth-century American sports clothing.
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107 Accordingly, water-loving plants and the insects and animals that ate and made their homes among them were abundant. 108 But as the hunt for beavers escalated, the forests and rivers—the entire ecosystem—began to change. The broad geographic range and sheer numbers of beaver in North America made their effects on the waters profound. Before European arrival in North America, beavers inhabited all of Canada and the territory that now includes most of the continental United States, barring the border regions with Mexico.
It is conceivable that the prodigious fish runs and sprawling clam banks observed by settlers like William Wood, Roger Williams, and Thomas Morton, among others, were to some extent accentuated by human action. 139 Although the amounts of freshwater that flowed into Narragansett Bay before beaver dams were removed are unknown, it is highly likely that more freshwater flooded the Bay after those beavers were killed and their dams deteriorated. As a result, more nutrients entered the Bay and the flushing time decreased, changing the chemical composition of Bay waters, particularly those in the estuary’s brackish arms where shellfish proliferated.
Although Elekens’s countrymen had landed in the New World more than a decade earlier, New Netherland was still a crude outpost along the margins of the Atlantic world. Henry Hudson first landed in the area in 1609, exploring the island of Mannahatta and the impressive river that would later bear his name. In 1614 the New Netherland Company was granted a trade monopoly patent, but it wasn’t until 1623 or 1624 that colonists began to people the area between the Delaware River and Narragansett Bay in earnest.
American Ingenuity: Sportswear, 1930S-1970s by Richard Martin