From North America, AD 1774-5
This map shows a vast drainage basin at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
It may have been used in negotiations involving the cession of land by the Wea and
Piankashaw (subgroups of the Miami) to the Illinois and Wabash Land Companies. It was
brought to Stonyhurst College by Bryan Mullanphy in 1825.
Can be used only with permission to the British Museum.
President of the
United States of America,
To all to whom these Presents shall come:
Know Ye, That the nation of Indians called the
Wiatonon inhabiting the town of Wiaw
and other towns, villages, and lands of the same community, are, in their persons, towns, villages, lands,
hunting-grounds and other rights and property in the peace and under the protection of the United States of
America: And all persons, citizens of the United States are hereby warned not to commit any injury, trespress or
molestation whatever on the persons, lands, hunting-grounds, or other rights or property of the said Indians: And
they and all others are in like manner forbidden to purchase, accept, agree or treat for, with the said Indians
directly or indirectly, the title or occupation of any lands held or claimed by them; and I do hereby call upon all
persons in authority under the United States, and all citizens thereof in their several capacities, to be aiding and
assisting to the prosecution and punishment according to law of all persons who shall be found
offending in the premises.
Given under my Hand and the Seal of the United States this Seventh day of May
in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three, and of the Independence of
the United States of America the seventeenth.
By the President Th Jefferson
Notes Thomas Jefferson was Secretary of State and signed because the decree involved another nation.
Exhibited as part of "Treasures from the Collections - Celebrating 175 Years: 1830-2005." Second rotation.
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