Of Plymouth Plantation's natural perspectiveHow, specifically, does Bradford portray American wilderness in his Of Plymouth Plantation?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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In one sense, Bradford portrays American wilderness as a land not inhabited by civilized people with the presumption based thereupon that an English settlement there would not seem to invade nor inconvenience anyone:

The place they had thoughts on was some of those vast and unpeopled countries of America, which are frutfull and fitt for habitation, being devoyd of all civill inhabitants, wherther are only salvage and brutish men, which range up and downe, litle otherwise then the wild beasts of the same.

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The general impression of the American wilderness in this account is that of an untramelled wilderness, a kind of Garden of Eden unpopulated by humans and made for man to dominate and have dominion over. The descriptions of the vast landscape without any sign of civilisation reinforces this impression of nature in its purest form.