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Texas General Land Office

Bowles's New Pocket Map of North America 1776

This is a primary resource found at the Texas General Land Office. It is a map of the North America circa 1776. This is a copper-engraving map that shows all of North America, except for the undetermined far northwest, plus Central America and the top of South America, and the West Indies. The “XIII United States” are named on the map, and there is a table designating the ownership of the various lands and islands. This map is currently on loan from the Land Office to the Witte Museum for the collaborative exhibit, Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State, until September.

Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Méjico 1828, from The Holcomb Digital Map Collection

This is a map of Mexico and Texas from 1828, housed at the Texas General Land Office in Austin, Texas. The full citation to find the map is the following: Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Méjico, Segun lo organizado y definido por las varias actas del Congreso de dicha Republica: y construido por las mejores autoridades, New York: White, Gallaher, and White, 1828, Map #93846, Holcomb Digital Map Collection, Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX.

Stephen F. Austin's The Registro: Texas Society Helps Save Texas History

This is an in depth article on the generous donation of $25,000 by the Texas Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (TSDAR) for the conservation of Stephen F. Austin’s Registro, or Register of the Old 300, and several other related land grant documents from the Archives of the Texas General Land Office. The article explains that: Under the leadership of State Regent Joy Dabney Hagg, the TSDAR helped conserve the 615 page Registro, along with twenty-seven land grant documents for twenty-two American citizens who came to Texas after service in the American Revolution.

Samuel Dunn’s Map of the British Empire in North America, 1794

This is a map held at the Texas General Land Office of the British Empire in North America. It is a map of the British Colonies at the time of the American Revolution appeared in the most important 18th-century atlas of America, Dunn’s A New Atlas of the Mundane System and other imprints. This map was engraved with a hand-colored outline.

Honoring Our Past:Texas Commemorative Maps

The goals of this Lesson plan is to identify and describe the characteristics of a commemorative map, summary the purpose of a commemorative map, and plan and create a commemorative map from a topic of theme in Texas History. The rich history of Texas provides us with many opportunities to commemorate our past. Texans honor and celebrate their legacy in many ways with parades, festivals, rodeos and cultural events, to name a few. Some are celebrations, others are solemn occasions of remembrance, and others simply recognize specific topics or historical events.

Land and Liberty: The Saga of Sam McCulloch

This is a lesson plan that highlights Sam McCulloch and his contributions to Texas History. Sam McCulloch came to Texas from the United States as a free black man, but had no rights as a citizen under U.S. law. However, under Mexican law Sam was entitled to citizenship and land grants regardless of his race and status. Sam would become a hero of the Texas Revolution but how would the new government treat Sam? Within the Archives of the Texas General Land Office are the original land grant documents of a genuine Texas hero. His name was Samuel McCulloch, Jr.

A New Map of North America with the West India Islands divided according to the preliminary Articles of Peace 1783

This is a primary resource. It is a map found at the Texas General Land Office in the General Map Collection. The Map was donated by Katherine Staat in memory of Herbert Christian Merillat. The map's full title is: "A New Map of North America with the West India Islands divided according to the preliminary Articles of Peace, signed at Versailles, 20 Jan. 1783."

Donated Maps Help Save Texas History and Illustrate Early American Independence

This is a compilation of primary sources, mainly early Texas History Maps, organized by the Texas General Land Office. The Texas General Land Office is proud to announce the donation of three more historic maps to our Archives. These maps, donated by Ms. Katherine Staat in memory of her uncle Chris Merrillat, augment our collection of 45,000 maps and sketches and enhance the GLO Archives — one of the premier cartographic collections in Texas and the Southwest.

John C. Logan Unit: Introductoin

This lesson plan highlights John C. Logan and his contributions to Texas History. In November 1835, a young man named John C. Logan left his home in Kentucky and set out for Texas. Logan was seeking adventure as a volunteer soldier in the fight for Texas independence and an opportunity to improve his fortunes. As Logan and other volunteers made their way south, Texas settlers were on the verge of full-scale revolution against the government of Mexico.

Pioneering Principles : Why Character Matters - A History Class from the Texas General Land Office

This is an educational video featuring George P. Bush from the Texas General Land Office. This is an interactive video-lesson that lasts 30 minutes. Teachers are encouraged to distribute copies of the primary resources used throughout the lesson to their students. A printable PDF of primary resources and an activity worksheet to be completed prior to the lesson can be downloaded here: http://www.txglo.org/education. In the early 1800s, the opportunity to own inexpensive, abundant land in pre-Republic Texas was a powerful incentive for many Americans to pack up and set out for Stephen F.
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