Indiana Territory

The Indiana Territory, established by the United States Congress on May 7, 1800, was a pivotal region in the westward expansion of the United States. Carved from the vast wilderness of the Northwest Territory following the passage of the Northwest Ordinance in 1787, its formation was a direct response to the need for effective administration and governance over the rapidly growing population and settlements in the western lands. The territory’s initial boundaries encompassed a vast area that included present-day Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and parts of Minnesota. William Henry Harrison, who would later become the ninth President of the United States, served as the first Governor of the Indiana Territory, playing a significant role in its development and in negotiations with Native American tribes. The capital was initially established in Vincennes, later moving to Corydon as the territory evolved and paved the way for statehood. The Indiana Territory was instrumental in the expansion of the United States, providing a legal and governmental framework for the settlement and incorporation of new states into the Union. It ultimately led to the establishment of the state of Indiana on December 11, 1816, marking a significant milestone in the nation’s westward growth and development.

Treaty of September 8, 1815

A Treaty between the United States of America and the Wyandot, Delaware, Seneca, Shawanoe, Miami, Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatimie Tribes of Indians, residing within the limits of the State of Ohio, and the Territories of Indiana and Michigan. Whereas the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatimie, tribes of Indians, together with certain bands of the Wyandot, Delaware, […]

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Elder James Martin of the District of Orangeburg South Carolina

Steve Malone’s work, “Elder James Martin of the Districts of Orangeburg, Lower Ninety-Six, Edgefield and Barnwell, South Carolina; Warren County, Kentucky; and Knox, Gibson, Posey and Vanderburgh Counties, Indiana Territory/Indiana, and his brother, Simon Martin of the Same Districts in South Carolina,” offers a meticulous exploration into the life of an individual whose existence paints a vivid picture of the American frontier during its formative years. Free to read or download.

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