Map of Southeastern Part of North America 1721
Through the efforts of member, Marilyn Rae, the Yale University Library has given the People of One Fire a special, high resolution, wide format lens photograph of the first British map to contain reasonably accurate description of the Southeastern United States. It was also the first British map to use the word Cherakee. The Creeks are not labeled as a tribe, but as individual provinces. Because of the high resolution, virtually all lettering on the map is legible.
The Barnwell Map-Hamerton Map was commissioned by South Carolinian William Barnwell at the time that South and North Carolina were split. The map contains the names of Choctaw, Chickasaw, proto-Creek, Cherokee, Yuchi, Catawba and Carolina Siouan towns. It also provides the locations of European forts, the locations and names of the Florida missions, notes historical events and describes the landscape. The 1755 John Mitchell Map is merely an update and less detailed version of this map.
The map clearly labels the Georgia Mountains from Brasstown Mountain westward as being named the Appalachian Mountains, part of Creek Territory and occupied by the Kusate – a Hitchiti-speaking branch of the Upper Creeks. It labels the headwaters of Chattahoochee, Hiwassee and Little Tennessee Rivers as being occupied by the Itza – descendants of Itza Maya immigrants. The Altamaha River is labeled the “Altamaha, St. George or May River.” The St. Johns River in Florida is labeled the St. Johns River. It shows that Tugaloo was a Hogeloge (Yuchi) town at this time, perhaps allied with the “Charakees.”
You can download this map at AccessGenealogy where we in combination with them, Marilyn Rae, and the Yale University Library.
A nice way of saying thank you to Marilyn Rae is to order one of her poetry or history books from Ancient Cypress Press.
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