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1828 Finley Map of Tennessee


1828 Finley Map of Tennessee


Ilustrates Cherokee territory in southeastern Tennessee prior to the Trail of Tears.



  1828 (undated)    8.75 x 11.75 in (22.225 x 29.845 cm)     1 : 2600000


This is an 1828 Anthony Finley map of Tennessee. The map depicts the state and the region from Kentucky to Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia and from the Mississippi River to North Carolina in Finley's classic minimalist style. Rivers, roads, canals, and some topographical features are illustrated. Counties are labeled and color coded which allows for easy differentiation between them.

Finley's map of Tennessee is particularly interesting and important due to its portrayal of the rapidly changing American Indian situation in the southeastern part of the state. In 1827, a substantial part of southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia was a confined territory assigned to the Lower Creek and Cherokee nations. Finley's map details the borders of this country as defined by the Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers. American Indian villages and missionary stations, including the Brainerd Mission are labeled within and adjacent to the Cherokee territory. 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 0282.029 (1827 edition). Phillips (Atlases) 4314, 760, 752, 6045.
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