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1828 Finley Map of Georgia


1828 Finley Map of Georgia


Showing Creek and Cherokee territory prior to the Trail of Tears.



  1828 (undated)    11.75 x 8.75 in (29.845 x 22.225 cm)     1 : 2217600


This is an 1828 Anthony Finley map of Georgia. The map depicts the state from Tennessee to Florida and from Alabama to South Carolina and the Atlantic Ocean in Finley's classic minimalist style. Rivers, roads, canals, and some topographical features are illustrated. Numerous cities and towns are labeled, including Augusta, Athens, and Savannah. Counties are easily differentiated as they are shaded various colors.

Finley's map of Georgia is particularly interesting and important due to its portrayal of the rapidly changing American Indian situation in the western part of the state. In 1828 a substantial part of northwestern Georgia was territory assigned to the Lower Creek and Cherokee nations. Finley's map details the borders of this country as defined by the Flint and Chestatie Rivers. Numerous American Indian villages and missionary stations are noted, including a Moravian mission, within the Lower Creek and Cherokee territories. Just four years after this map was made the Creek and Cherokee would be forcibly relocated westward in the infamous 'Trail of Tears.'

This map was engraved by Young and Delleker for the 1828 edition of Anthony Finley's General Atlas.


Anthony Finley (c. 1790 - 1840) was an American map publisher based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His most prominent works, A New American Atlas and the New General Atlas… were published from 1824 to 1834. While little is known of Finley's personal life, he seems to have worked in the same publishing and engraving circles as Tanner. Though most of Finley's cartographic material was borrowed from European sources, his atlases were favorably reviewed at the time of their publishing. His works are known for being attractively sparse and minimalist, focusing primarily on clarity and only the most important facts.


Finley, Anthony, A New General Atlas, Comprising a Complete Set of Maps, representing the Grand Divisions of the Globe, Together with the several Empires, Kingdoms and States in the World; Compiled from the Best Authorities, and corrected by the Most Recent Discoveries, Philadelphia, 1828.    


Very good. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 0285.021 (1831 edition) Phillips (Atlases) 4314, 760, 752, 6045.
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