By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 30, 2021) – In Issue 2021-124 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the U.S. Congressional Act enacted on this date in 1834 setting aside land for the Native Americans.

Indian Territory

The US Congress created the Indian Territory through enacting the Indian Intercourse Act in 1834 on this day.  The intent was to set land aside to be used by the Native American tribes.

The original Indian Territory covered much of today’s central US.  Eventually the Indian Territory was reduced to what is Oklahoma today and ceased to exist when Oklahoma became a state in 1907.  There are, of course, numerous Indian Reservations remaining throughout the US.

Here is Gray’s map of the Indian Territory from 1875, identifying the land occupied by the various tribes.

Indian Territory from 1875 (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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