GIS investigations are part of many of the activities in this unit. These investigations make use of ArcGIS Online, an internet software that runs on most browsers. If you do not have an an ArcGIS account and would like to have one you can sign up for a free personal account here.
The Cherokee Project files are also available to download for ArcGIS Desktop:
The data and shapefiles in the various map layers are from a variety of sources:
Tanner Map - 1836
Adapted from a portion of Henry S. Tanner, New Map of Tennessee, Philadelphia: 1836 as found at the David Rumsey Map Collection.
Mission locations from map in Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green, The Cherokee Removal: A Brief History with Documents, Boston: Bedford Books, 1995, p 22.
Georgia Gold Regions
Derived from "The Gold Deposits of Georgia," in David Williams, The Georgia Gold Rush, Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina, 1993, p 93.
Based on a 10% random sample from National Archives, Census Roll, 1835, of Cherokee Indians East of the Mississippi. NA#T496
Geographic locations in most cases are accurate only to the location of the river or creek identified in the census. Exact locations are not known.
United States - 1830
Minnesota Population Center. National Historical Geographic Information System: Version 2.0. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota 2011.
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