"Ohio Lands - A Short History"
The Northwest Territory

THE NORTHWEST TERRITORY

The Ordinance of July 13, 1787 provided "...there shall be formed in said territory, not less than three nor more than five states..." The original boundaries were defined as: Eastern State (numbers 1,2,3,4); Middle State (numbers 5,6,7,8,9) and Western State (numbers 10,11,12,13,14,15). These divisions are marked by broken lines on the map.

Congress later decided to divide the Northwest Territory into the states of Ohio (1803), Indiana (1816), Illinois (1818), Michigan (1837), Wisconsin (1848) and Minnesota (1858); as shown by the heavy solid lines on the map.

Map Source: Biographical Directory-General Assembly
of Ohio 1929-1930: Columbus, 1931.

© 1994 by the Ohio Auditor of State
All Rights Reserved. FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION ONLY.
Researched and written by Thomas Aquinas Burke
Internet Address F491.3 B86 1994 977.1
Eighth Edition - September 1996

"Ohio Lands - A Short History"
ReTyped & Graphics Rescanned December 1997
by Maggie Stewart-Zimmerman
Email at mags.cis@gmail.com

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