The story of Jacksonland stretches across much of the eastern United States. Here are some – not all! – of the vital locations. If you’re near these key spots, OR others you discover while reading Jacksonland, send me your best image! Show me the past, but also today. These maps will help to orient you.
Washington, D.C. – From the eastern steps of the Capitol, where Jackson was inaugurated in 1829; to Pennsylvania Avenue, then the address of the city’s best hotels; to the White House and beyond.
Cherokee, North Carolina – the main city in the western tip of North Carolina, still populated by descendants of Cherokees who resisted removal in the 1830’s.
Nashville – Historic sites like Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, and Nashville today.
Chattanooga — The modern city that was once a Cherokee settlement, Ross’s Landing.
North Georgia – From the New Echota historic site to the modern city of Rome to John Ross’s home in Rossville.
Florence, Alabama – The beautiful city founded by Andrew Jackson and his friends after 1818.
Melton’s Bluff – The former site of a North Alabama plantation once controlled by Jackson.
Birmingham and Montgomery – Just two of the many Alabama cities founded on former Indian land that Jackson obtained.
Oxford, Mississippi and Memphis, TN – Also on land Jackson obtained.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, AL – the scene of one of Jackson’s great military victories.
New Orleans – The city Jackson saved from British invaders with his other great military victory.
Waxhaws, North/South Carolina – The border region where Andrew Jackson was born.
Lexington, Kentucky – the home of Jackson’s great rival, Henry Clay
The Trail of Tears – Historic routes across much of the nation – NC, GA, AL, TN, KY, IL, MO, AR, OK
Florida – The entire state, from Pensacola to the scene of the Dade massacre to Jacksonville to Disney World and beyond, is a part of the Union thanks in part to Jackson’s military efforts.
Chicago – At the time of our story, it was a recently burned military post called Fort Dearborn.
Castle Garden, New York City – The scene of an immense welcoming celebration for the Marquis de Lafayette in 1824.
Boston – In the 1820’s, the home of Jeremiah Evarts, who coordinated a political campaign to resist Indian removal.
Cambridge, MA – Home of one of the world’s great university libraries in the 1820’s, the Harvard library, said to exceed 20,000 books.
Cherokee Nation, OK – The modern-day territory of the descendants of Cherokees who were expelled from the Appalachians in 1838.