Auction 125, Lot 186

"A Correct Map of the Georgia Western Territory", Morse, Jedidiah (Rev.)

Subject: Southern United States

Period: 1797 (published)

Publication: Morse's American Gazetteer

Color: Black & White

6 x 7 inches
15.2 x 17.8 cm

An interesting, and historical map that covers the western portion of Georgia, with West Florida to the south. There is good information on watershed with some topography also shown. Many rivers are named, but only four towns: New Orleans, Natches, Mobile and Pensacola. Along the Mississippi River are lands of the Upper Mississippi Company and the Georgia Company, and to the east is the Tennessee Company. 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..."

References: Wheat & Brun #618.

Condition: A+

A fine, bright example with good impression.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/24/2008