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…

Mapping 1851

After mapping the aggregated spreadsheets of the three newspapers for 1851, Place Captured overwhelmingly fell to the west and southwest of Place Left. However, since there was a large deviation in Place Captured that stretched as far north as Grayson County, as far south as Nueces County, and as far west as Webb County, an…

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…

1859 Mapping Results

Several of our class research questions centered on geography. We wanted to know the places that slaves left from, where their masters believed that they were going, and were they were going. After mapping both the individual papers and my aggregate sample, I finally have some answers for 1859. It appears that most slaves fled…