Sub-titled ""A Historical Account of Place-Naming in the United States,"" this is material the appeal of which has been evidenced by perennial interest in such things as contests on odd names, recurrent editorial data on the subject in periodicals, etc. The material as collected by George R. Stewart (author of Storm) bears witness to extensive and exhaustive research, not only into historical records but into legend and anecdote and biographical sources. In the main, he has organized his subject chronologically, tracing the influences of successive periods in our national history -- the explorers, geographers, missionaries traders, colonists, and so on; the different racial and national strains, -- from the Icelandic, Portuguese, Spanish and French explorers and adventurers to the settlers who were largely English, Dutch, Swedish. He follows these early years of expansion with the step by step processes of building a nation, with the sources of names and name changes in colonies, territories, states, towns and cities, lakes and rivers, mountains, etc. Fascinating reference material for long range.