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Survey and Sale of Public Lands in the NW Territory

This 2002 book explains how the 1785 Land Ordinance was implemented in a new system of surveying and sales of public lands. The surveying system was first used in Ohio and then used, with modifications, in the remainder of the Northwest Territory and other western U.S. territories. The book also explains each of the land …

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Frontier Life along the Ohio River

In 1788 the first new permanent American settlement northwest of the Ohio River (not including French villages) within the borders of the Northwest Territory was established at Marietta, Ohio. However, American involvement in that frontier region had begun nearly 20 years prior to that, before the Revolutionary War started, with pioneers moving into wilderness areas …

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History Journals & 19th Century Newspapers

We have a selection of free online history journals, magazines and newspapers from the 1800s and early 1900s from the Great Lakes region and each of it’s five states, at these pages; Great Lakes History Periodicals: Newspapers Illinois History Periodicals Indiana History Periodicals Michigan History Periodicals Ohio History Periodicals Wisconsin History Periodicals We also have …

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American Revolution: Correspondence of British Commanders in the West

The “Haldimand Papers” are documents, mainly military correspondence, preserved by Sir Frederick Haldimand, who served as the Governor of the Province of Quebec from 1778-1784. The collection was maintained in the archives of Canada at Ottawa in 1886 when representatives of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society began visiting the archives to copy documents. The …

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Revolutionary War in the Northwest: American Commanders’ Correspondence

Military correspondence among American commanders throughout the Northwest, between those commanders and General George Washington, and with civilians involved in the war effort. The Revolutionary War in the old Northwest (Great Lakes region) isn’t covered in detail in most histories of the war. Battles were small-scale, and few regular army troops and resources were committed …

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Memoirs and Diaries from the Indiana Frontier

We have a number of memoirs and diaries/journals from people who traveled in or settled in early Indiana, many of which can be found at the linked pages below. Indiana Biographies & Memoirs Coffin, Levi, Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the Reputed President of the Underground Railroad (1880) Eggleston, George C., Life in Early Indiana (1910) …

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