The Latter-day Saint settlements in southeastern Utah, namely Bluff, Monticello and Blanding, were impacted by the physical and cultural geography of the area. These geographic elements hindered, and in some cases prevented, the Latter-day Saint colonizers from fulfilling the seven basic principles of Latter-day Saint expansion and colonization in the Great Basin. The impacts of physical geography were the geology, the climate, the soil and the rivers and streams. The impacts of cultural geography were the Navajo Indian Tribe, the Paiute Indian Tribe, and the criminal element. This thesis discusses the geographic elements of the area, how they impacted the settlements of Bluff, Monticello and Blanding, how the Mormons reacted to the situation, and how the impacts were eventually dealt with and solved.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Geography
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Mandurino, Sally Timmins, "The Impact of the Physical and Cultural Geography of Southeastern Utah on Latter-Day Settlement" (1998). Theses and Dissertations. 4902.
Agricultural colonies, Utah, San Juan County, History, 19th century, Land capability for agriculture, Mormons, Colonization, Social conditions