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Richard V. Francaviglia is a historian and geographer who has studied the peoples and landscapes of the American West for more than forty years. He is past president of the Society for the History of Discoveries and former director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography at the University of Texas at Arlington. As Professor Emeritus, he now lives in Salem, Oregon, where he conducts research and teaches occasional courses in Religious Studies at Willamette University. His many publications include Go East, Young Man: Imagining the American West as the Orient; Believing in Place: A Spiritual Geography of the Great Basin; Over the Range: A History of the Promontory Summit Route of the Pacific Railroad; and The Mormon Landscape: Existence, Creation, and Perception of a Unique Image in the American West.

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