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Geographical, Historical, Commercial, and Agricultural

VIEW

OF THE

United States of America;

FORMING A COMPLETE

Emigrant's Directory

Through every part of the Republic:

Particularising the States of Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio,
Indiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Illinois; and the Territories of
Alabama, Missouri, with a description of the newly-acquired countries,
East and West Florida, Michigan, and North-western; and compri-
sing important details on the mode of settling, prospect of adventurers,
religious opinions, manners and customs of the inhabitants, principal
towns and villages, their manufactures, commerce, objects of curiosity,
&c.; with a minute and comprehensive description of the soil, pro-
ductions, climate and aspect of the country; likewise, an account of
the British Possessions in

UPPER AND LOWER CANADA;

Accompanied by a whole Sheet Map of the United States; and cor-
rect Table or List of the principal Post and Cross Roads throughout
the United States.

Compiled by several Gentlemen, from a variety of Original
Manuscripts, and from the latest and best authorities.

London:

Printed for Edwards & Knibb; W. Grapel, Liverpool, &c. &c.

JOHNSON, PRINTER, LIVERPOOL.

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PREFACE

It is now near half a century since any work of this nature has been published, comprising real practical information, and embracing every part of the United States of America; this fact will, of course, sufficiently establish the necessity and utility of the Volume now presented to the Public: for, although several volumes of travels, and many journals of tourists have been published within that period, they are chiefly confined to mere local descriptions, of little moment to the future emigrant. The mere description of a country, however faithfully executed, is by no means sufficient for the foreigner or future inhabitant, who eagerly desires. to know the local nature and advantages of the situ-` ation where he purposes to reside—the quality of the soil-the rate of land-the price of labour, of living, of every article he may have to sell or purchase.

The compilers of this volume have been particularly careful in selecting, from the latest and most authentic sources, all such minute and necessary

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heads of information; while, at the same time, equal regard has been paid to an accurate description of the boundaries, situation, and extent; lakes, rivers, and canals; climate and diseases; mountains ; mineral, animal, and vegetable productions; settlements and population; Indians; antiquities; extent and navigable waters; prices current; expenses of housekeeping and travelling; together with copious and useful directions to Emigrants, &c. &c.

In procuring intelligence so various and extensive, recourse has been had to every work of reputation on these subjects that has appeared since the year 1788; many of which have never appeared in Great Britain, whilst considerable assistance has been afforded by the kindness of several gentlemen resident in America, who have furnished many original documents and official communications.

The great interest excited of late, regarding that part of America, generally known by the appellation of the "Western Country," has induced the Compilers to dedicate a considerable portion of this Work to a faithful and interesting description of the whole of the Western States and Territories; comprising an immense tract of land of nearly one thousand

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