Mapping 1850

Upon mapping the places slaves left, where their masters thought they were going to, and where they were eventually caught, several interesting things can be learned from the Telegraph, Standard, and Gazette slave ads. In the Telegraph, slaves left from a more western area, the master proposed that they were traveling east, and they were caught in the middle of these two points. The Standard, on the other hand, showed that the slaves left from a more eastern area, their masters thought they were heading west and south, and they were captured even further west than the master hypothesized. Finally, in the Gazette, the slaves left from various places in a central and southern area, their masters thought they were headed more north, and they were captured in the same central area from which they escaped. Due to the inconsistencies of the maps, there are some important conclusions that can be reached. If a slave escaped from an area further west, the master supposed he traveled east, but if the slave escaped from further east, the master thought the slave was traveling west, and if the slave escaped from regions further south, the master thought they were traveling north. The reality, based on the maps, was that the slaves captured were all in the western region rather than the areas the masters thought they were.

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