Origin of hinterland
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Borrowing from German Hinterland, from hinter (“behind”) + Land (“land”), cognate to English hind (“back, rear”) + land. First used in English in 1888 by George Chisholm in his work Handbook of Commercial Geography originally as hinderland, but current spelling (following German) became more popular. The term is characteristic of thalassocratic analysis of space (from the point of view of nation, such as 19th century Britain, with maritime supremacy).