Register of Debates in Congress, Comprising the Leading Debates and Incidents of the Second Session of the Eighteenth Congress Page: 60
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APPENDIX—TO Bales & Seaton's Register/
18th Congress, j
2d Session. *
Location and Improvement of Indians.
believed, that the whole number residing in the penin-
sula, does not exceed 3,500; and these, as has been
stated, are principally of the Chippewa and Ottawa
It may be proper also to remark, that of the 6,400
Sacks and Foxes who are included in the estimate as
part of the 129,266; and who occupy lands on both
sides of the Mississippi, not more than one-third of that
number are supposed to reside on the east side ; and of
the 5,200 Osages, who, by the table,are assigned to Mis-
souri and Arkansas,it is believed, not more than one-third
of that number reside within the state of Missouri and ter-
ritory of Arkansas. If', therefore, the number assumed for
the peninsula of Michigan, be correct, and two-thirds of
the Sacs and Foxes, as is believed to be the fact, reside on
the west of the Mississippi; and two-thirds of the Osag-
es west of Missouri, and north of Arkansas, there will
remain " within the limits of the different states and
territories,"—confining the Michigan territory to the pe-
ninsula—97,384 Indians, possessing, (if the 200,000
acres which are believed to be claimed by the Chero-
kees in North Carolina, be added,) 77,602,318 acres of
In obtaining this information, resort has been had, for
the " names" and " numbers" of the Indian tribes, to
the reports to this office, and to other sources of inform-
ation which are deemed to be the most accurate ; and,
for the quantity of land claimed by them, to the files of
this office ; to the General Land Office ; and to compu-
tations carefully made from the best maps, by Colonel
Robejdeau, of the Topographical Bureau.
This 4,000,000 of acres assumed as the quantity claim-
ed by the Cherokees in Arkansas, although but an esti-
mate, is believed to be nearly correct. The precise
quantity, however, cannot be ascertained, until it is
known how much they ceded on this side the Mississip-
pi, for which, by the treaty of 1817, they are to receive
an equal number of acres on the other.
I have the honor to accompany this with a note from
Col. Roberdeau, in relation to the difference between
his estimate of last year, of the lands claimed in Geor-
gia, and his recent corrected computation of them.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
Your most obedient servant,
THO'S L. McKENNY.
To the Hon. the Secretary oj War.
ToroGBAPHiCAi Buiif.au, Jan. 10, 1825.
The quantity of land in the state of Georgia, not ced-
ed to the United States by Indians, was, last year, re-
ported at 10,240,000 square acres; upon a review of the
calculations, and having more correct documents than
were then referred to, the whole quantity in the state
appears to be 9,537,920 acres, of which 5,292,160 are
of the Cherokees, and 4,245,760 of the Creeks, as near-
ly as can be computed.
I. HOBERDEAU, Lt. Col. Top. Engineers.
Col. Tho's L. McKeskest, Indian Department.
STATEMENT, showing the Names and Numbers of the different Tribes of Indians now re-
maining within the limits of the several States am Territories, and the quantity of Lund
claimed by them respectively.
Names of the Tribes.
St. John's Indians,
St. Regis Indians,
States or Territories in
Rhode Island, -
do - ;
by each tribe.
No information as to their lands.
fAlI the Indians in this state re-
] side on their respective reserva-
tions, at the places by which
they are designated. The quan-
tity of land occupied by them
is not known, nor is there any
information in this office by
Wwhich it can be ascertained.
No information as to their lands.
(1 hese Indians own, and possess
I together, sixteen reservations of
j land, containing in the whole,
according to the report of the
i agent, on file in this office, about
I the number of acres stated.
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