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Historical Ecology and Archaeology in the Galápagos IslandsA Legacy of Human Occupation$
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Peter W. Stahl, Fernando J. Astudillo, Ross W. Jamieson, Diego Quiroga, and Florencio Delgado

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066271

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066271.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
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Historical Ecology and Archaeology in the Galápagos Islands
Author(s):

Peter W. Stahl

Fernando J. Astudillo

Ross W. Jamieson

Diego Quiroga

Florencio Delgado

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066271.003.0001

This chapter introduces San Cristóbal Island, and specifically the village of El Progreso, which occupies a Zone of Special Use inside the Galápagos National Park. It outlines various problems faced by the park, especially those associated with invasive organisms and the growth of tourism. It juxtaposes the image of a people-free nature park with the growth of novel or emerging ecosystems, and discusses current disagreements in biological conservation. It presents the study of historic human landscape transformation within the framework of Historical Ecology by combining history, ecology, and archaeology. A chapter by chapter framework of the book is presented.

Keywords:   San Cristóbal Island, El Progreso, Galápagos National Park, Tourism, Invasive Organisms, Novel Ecosystems, Biological conservation, Historical Ecology, Archaeology

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