By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 13, 2021) – In Issue 2021-133 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we are reminded the Great Midwest where we reside was once the Northwest Territory as enacted by Congress on this date nearly 250 years ago.

Northwest Territory

Most of the readers of the Loveland Beacon live in the former first US territory, the Northwest Territory.

The Northwest Ordinance was enacted by Congress of the Confederation of the US in 1787 on this day. It formed the Territory comprising of lands north of the Ohio River, west of Pennsylvania to east of the Mississippi River all the way north to Canada.  This land was acquired by Britain from France in 1763, only to be given to the US twenty years later.

This area forms a large portion of today’s Midwest.

Here is a 1855 map by Smith and Colton showing the states which were originally parts of the former Northwest Territory plus a few additional states.

1855 map of the Northwest Territory (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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