This map of Georgia was published in Colton’s Atlas of the World in 1856. The map shows Georgia’s westward expansion in the years following the forced removal of the Creek and Cherokee Indians from Georgia to reservations in modern-day Oklahoma. The map also shows the state’s railroads and common roads.
Map of Georgia, 1855. From the Georgia Historical Society Map Collection, MS 1361-MP 083.
Reverand Adiel Sherwood included this map in the 1829 edition of his book A Gazetteer of the State of Georgia. The map gives a rare view of Georgia in the brief period of time between 1825, when the Cherokee Nation moved its capital to New Echota, Georgia, and 1838, when the U.S. Army forcibly removed the Cherokee to land in modern-day Oklahoma (known today as the Trail of Tears).
Map of Georgia, 1829. From the Georgia Historical Society Map Collection, MS 1361-MP 079.
This map appeared in an Atlas published in 1823. In 1802, Georgia ceded much of its western lands to the United States government. This map shows the state’s growth, especially in new counties in the interior.
Map of Georgia, 1823. From the Georgia Historical Society Map Collection, MS 1361-MP 070.
This map was created for Mathew Carey’s American edition of Gutherie’s Georgraphy. The complete atlas included 19 total maps and was first printed in 1796. The map provides an excellent snapshot of Georgia after the American Revolution and the vast western territories which spanned most of modern-day Alabama and Mississippi.
Georgia from the Latest Authorities, 1795. From the Georgia Historical Society Map Collection, MS 1361-MP 063.
Diego Ribero created his world map in 1529 to celebrate Spanish global conquests. Ribero was a Portuguese artist who created this map to prove that the Moluccas islands in the Indonesian archipelago belonged to the Spanish in accordance with the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas. The De Orbe Novo map used art and geography to give the Spanish an edge in the spice trade. It took hundreds of years to disprove Ribero’s work.