chapter  2
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A Pure Soil Clearance and Colonisation

W hen John A u b rey was w riting his Natural History o f Wiltshire in the second h a lf o f the seventeenth century, his views o f early agri­ culture were not surprisingly coloured by w hat he knew o f A m erica. As so often, his specula­ tions have proved rem arkably acute.