Hinterland is a German word meaning "the land behind" (a city, a port, or similar).[1] Its use in English was first documented by the geographer George Chisholm in his Handbook of Commercial Geography (1888).[2] Originally the term was associated with the area of a port in which materials for export and import are stored and shipped. Subsequently, the use of the word expanded to include any area under the influence of a particular human settlement.[3]

  1. ^ Hinterland Archived 2012-02-19 at the Wayback Machine – pons.eu, Pons Online Dictionary
  2. ^ Definition of the term hinterland on Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica
  3. ^ Caves, R. W. (2004). Encyclopedia of the City. Routledge. p. 340.

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