"Map of Four Townships in Marengo County Alabama. Granted to the French Emigrants, by Act of Congress 3rd March 1817", U.S. Government
Subject: Marengo County, Alabama
Period: 1860 (circa)
Publication: American State Papers Vol. V
Color: Black & White
11.1 x 13.8 inches
28.2 x 35.1 cm
Published in the American State Papers, this map by E. Paguenaud is the only printed edition of the unusual General Land Office manuscript map that focuses on the area of the infamous Vine and Olive Colony. Established in 1817 by French Bonapartists on the lam after the Bourbon Restoration, the colony was to be an agricultural settlement for growing olive trees and grapes for wine. Unfortunately the Alabama wilderness proved to be hostile terrain for such crops, and the colonists dispersed, abandoning the colony by 1825. The map depicts the four towns given to the French east of the the Tuskaloosa or Black Warrior River.
Issued folding with minor offsetting and a couple of archivally repaired fold separations mostly confined to the blank margins.