When astonished Europeans first spotted the vast pine forests of North America, the economic and military potential was immediately evident. In that pre-industrial age, the lumber and pitch that could be harvested from these forests represented resources worth fighting for. Here, Andrew Vietze turns his attention to the part that these evergreens played in peace, war, the building of cities, and forming laws. Black & white photos and illustrations in the center of the book. Fully indexed. Paperback. 186 pgs.