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Historic Maps at U A

"MONTGOMERY One map, drawn soon after the 1813 Fort Mims massacre, shows the house of settler Sam Mims, thetents of soldiers and the fort's east gate that was open the day Creek Indians massacred hundreds of militia and settlers.

"Another map drawn soon after the battle shows the fortified wall built by Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend and how U.S. troops surrounded them in March 1814, when Andrew Jackson's army slaughtered hundreds of Creeks.

"Other maps show the world as known in the late 1500s, as drawn by Rumold Mercator and Abraham Ortelius, whose 1592 map of the world clearly shows the peninsula of Florida and the island of Cuba.

"Another computer-generated map shows pre-Civil War plantations in Greene County, such as Chestnut Grove, Canefield and Strawberry Hill. Others show Alabama's rail system in 1861, 1865 and 1873. Another shows early forts in Alabama, such as Fort Jonesboro, built in 1815 near what is now Birmingham.

"But anyone with a computer and Internet access can see those and more than 5,000 other historic and modern maps at the web site run by the Cartographic Research Lab at the University of Alabama."

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Source: The Birmingham News
19 July 2004


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