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Early Western Travel Accounts in 32 Volumes

This 32-volume collection of journals and accounts by explorers and travelers in the American west was published over a 3-year period beginning in 1904 by Reuben Thwaites, as Secretary of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Accounts of travel to the Great Lakes region are included in: Volumes 1-5 Volume 6 (Brackenridge) Volume 8 (Evans) Volumes …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Major Online Document Collections

While most entries on History of the Great Lakes States are for individual books, articles or maps, we also have many large website collections of digitized documents. You may be interested in exploring a few of those collections listed below, which have resources related to the whole Great Lakes region or even larger parts …

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Books by 19th Century American Indian Authors

There are hundreds of public domain books and articles about Native Americans freely available online. Nearly all were published before 1923, as it is assumed that most books published since that date still have valid copyrights. Links are provided below for four books from the 1800s that were authored by Native Americans. Three of …

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Tour of Map Site: “Historic Map Works”

For 19th century maps of counties, cities and townships, Historic Map Works http://www.historicmapworks.com/ is by far the best site of which I’m aware. You are free to use it without registering. If you wish to download high-resolution copies, you must subscribe.  You can also order paper maps from them. The site claims to have …

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