1856 Mapping

Reviewing the maps from the year 1856 revealed several things. The largest data set from the year was from the Texas State Gazette, which was based in Austin, Texas. Therefore, most of the runaways revealed by the map were shown to be leaving from areas such as Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. They were also most often captured in these areas and in South Texas. There were a few outliers that were leaving from Arkansas and Louisiana who had made their way to South or Southwest Texas. There were also two samples that were captured in Oklahoma, and one that was believed to be heading to Mexico. This map reveals that for the most part the runaway slaves remained relatively close to the plantations they left. This finding supports the idea that slaves would have remained close to areas that they were familiar with.