The Introduction to All Over the Map considers a multitude of reasons for the divergence of American places into regions by the people within and outside of them. Ayers and Onuf make an interesting observation when they mention at the end of the excerpt that although the general lay person can loosely map out where particular American regions end, “scholars may define the boundaries…with some degree of precision”. Why is this? Is it merely the lack of tools in order to properly measure with confidence region boundaries? Or is there something larger working at hand that makes he who lives within a particular region unable to comprehend the exact area a region makes up?
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