"Map of Choctaw Nation Indian Territory Compiled from Official Records of the United States Geological Survey", U.S. Department of Interior
Period: 1900 (dated)
Publication: Seventh Annual Report of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes
Color: Printed Color
25.3 x 27.9 inches
64.3 x 70.9 cm
The Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes was appointed to negotiate with the Five Tribes for the extinguishment of their tribal title to lands by allotment, and division of the same among the members of the tribes. This commission became known as the Dawes Commission, after Senator Henry L. Dawes, who was largely responsible for the legislation. Their main task was to make an equitable division of nearly twenty million acres of land among more that 100,000 Indians. In 1895 the USGS began to conduct surveys of all lands in Indian Territory into townships, ranges and sections. These maps were used by the Dawes Commission to assist the citizens on the tribal rolls to select their individual plats of land. Complied and drawn by R.L. McAlpine, this carefully engraved and colored map shows coal leases per the Choctaw and Chickasaw Agreement of 1898 along with the names of leases in a table to the left of the title. The legend uses color to locate 29 companies operating 104 Approved Coal Leases. Colored circles are used to identify the coal claims still operated under "National Contracts or Leases" by the Choctaw Mining & Mercantile Co., Mike Perona, and by the Perry Brothers. The map also provides a detailed view of the rivers and creeks, railroads, and towns.
Issued folding and backed in archival tissue to repair a couple tiny splits at fold intersections.