Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Story of Georgia's Boundaries: A Meeting of History and Geography

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Story of Georgia's Boundaries: A Meeting of History and Geography

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The Story of Georgia's Boundaries: A Meeting of History and Geography. By William J. Morton. (Atlanta: Georgia History Press, 2009. Pp, xii, 184. Paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-0-9841596-0-4; cloth, $24.95, ISBN 978-09841596-1-1.)

The Story of Georgia's Boundaries: A Meeting of History and Geography is a modest attempt to tell the story of how the state of Georgia took shape over time. It relies heavily on the documents of the agreements between Georgia and neighboring states to fill nearly one-quarter of the text. For this reason it is useful to scholars as it places these crucial documents in one book for general reference. Unfortunately, scholars will not find the remainder of the book very helpful.

The first third of the book is a rehash of basic history from the beginning of settlement until more recent times. It is very general and contains some questionable statements of fact or interpretation--for example, a claim that the cause of the War of Jenkins' Ear was the displaying of this appendage to members of Parliament, without reference by the author to the numerous causes known to professional historians. William J. Morton's statement that from Andrew Jackson's very brief governorship of Florida until the admission of Florida as a state in 1845, no one was interested in accurately measuring the boundary between Florida and Georgia is simply wrong and ignores the legislative record in Georgia, including the very detailed report found in the John MacPherson Berrien papers. Along these same lines, the author is unaware of the errors Florida surveyors found in the McNeil Line that led to the official re-survey that became the Orr-Whitner Line. …

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