How the U.S. Took More Than 1.5 Billion Acres From Native Americans

Claudio Saunt, who is University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Professor in American History, Associate Director of the Institute of Native American Studies, and Co-Director of the Center for Virtual History has created an interactive map to accompany his new book, West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776. This very depressing time-lapse map illustrates the takeover of Indian land between 1776 and 1887, during which time the U.S. seized over 1.5 billion acres from Native Americans. The map was made with data from the Smithsonian’s Bureau of American Ethnology.


You can use the slider at the bottom to watch how things changed from year to year. You can also use the “Highlight by Nation” box to focus on specific tribes. The map also features text boxes and other pop-up features. You can access the map here.

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In addition, you can watch a one and a half minute movie version of the takeover (using this map) on youtube, here:

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