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Western Georgia, Before Mississippi Territory

First edition of Jedidiah Morse's map of the Western Portion of Georgia Territory.

The map extends from the Mississippi River to the Chattahoochee River, essentially covering all of Alabama and Mississippi.

The Mississippi Company, Georgia Company and Upper Mississippi Company lands are shown, as well as West Florida, the Tennessee Company lands.  These lands were a part of the infamous Yazoo Land Fraud. In 1795 the governor of Georgia, George Mathews, signed a bill that agreed to sell almost 40 million acres to speculators in the Yazoo Land Act. This corrupt land deal led to the downfall of many popular politicians. President George Washington, speaking about Yazoo said, "These acts embrace an object of such magnitude and in their consequences may so deeply affect the peace and welfare of the United States..."  

There is good information on watersheds, and some topography is shown. Many rivers are named, but only four towns: New Orleans, Natches, Mobile, and Pensacola.