By Bill Hubbard Jr.
For a person who has checked out a map of the USA and puzzled how Texas and Oklahoma received their Panhandles, or flown over the yank heartland and marveled on the mammoth grid spreading out in all instructions less than, American limitations will yield a welcome treasure trove of perception. the 1st publication to chart the country’s progress utilizing the boundary as a political and cultural concentration, invoice Hubbard’s masterly narrative starts by means of explaining how the unique 13 colonies geared up their borders and made up our minds that unsettled lands may be held in belief for the typical good thing about the folk. Hubbard is going directly to show—with assistance from pictures, diagrams, and thousands of maps—how the idea developed that unsettled land may be divided into rectangles and offered to person farmers, and the way this oblong survey unfold outward from its origins in Ohio, with surveyors drawing immediately strains around the face of the continent. Mapping how each one kingdom got here to have its present form, and the way the country itself shaped inside of its current borders, American obstacles will offer historians, geographers, and basic readers alike with the interesting tale at the back of these fifty special jigsaw-puzzle items that jointly shape the us.
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With its hold on the eastern half of the con- THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR BRINGS tinent secure, Britain proceeded to rationalize NEW BOUNDARIES the boundaries of its possessions with a royal proclamation on October 7, 1763. The western That war was, of course, only the “North Amer- and southern boundaries of Britain’s territories ican theater of operations” of the much larger had been spelled out definitively in the Treaty of Seven Years’ War—which was itself only one Paris. The borderline would begin at the source in a string of wars between Britain and France, of the Mississippi and run down the center of beginning in the 1680s and ending only in 1815 that river to “the river Iberville” and then down at Waterloo.
The following year surveyors extended the South Carolina. previously marked line up to the northwest and Between 1735 and 1737 a team of surveyors then west. It was not until 1815 that the two Caro- from both colonies ran the northwest line from linas could agree on how to carry this line back the ocean to where they thought it touched the down to their agreed-upon border at the 35th par- 35th parallel. 24 surveyors began at the terminus of the north- In 1732, three years after dividing the west line and extended it west to an important Carolinas, George II awarded a grant to The road between Charleston on the coast and the Trustees of Georgia, a syndicate headed by James CHApTER ONE North Carolina 1735 borders 35° South Carolina 1735 borders South Carolina western lands?
But the ongo- had been defeated in Cuba and the Philippines, ing disagreements about the colonies’ western it would keep both—but it would surrender its borders were to be interrupted by repercussions possessions in Florida to Britain. (What Britain from the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French would not learn until later was that in November and Indian War. ) With its hold on the eastern half of the con- THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR BRINGS tinent secure, Britain proceeded to rationalize NEW BOUNDARIES the boundaries of its possessions with a royal proclamation on October 7, 1763.