SS8H5 The student will explain significant factors that affected the


Chapter 14 Outline: Answer Key

Content Objectives:

SS8H5: The student will explain significant factors that affected the development of Georgia as part of the growth of the United States between

1789 and 1840.

a. Explain the establishment of the University of Georgia, Louisville, and the spread of Baptist and Methodist churches. b. Evaluate the impact of land policies pursued by Georgia; include the headright system, land lotteries, and the Yazoo land fraud. c. Explain how technological developments, including the cotton gin and railroads, had an impact on Georgia’s growth.

Outline Chapter 9: Growth and Prosperity


Manifest Destiny

: belief that the United States was destined to expand to the

Pacific Ocean


The United States’ expanding land:

A. Where did the US’s new land come from:

1. Native Americans (135):

seen as obstacle to be removed by

American and State governments.

2. Northwest Territory (134-135):

Great Lakes area; did not directly affect GA, but shortly after “Ohio Territory” was divided into States

(Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana)


Louisiana Purchase (134-135):

Large area between the Mississippi

River and the Rocky Mountains; As a result of


from European wars, in 1803 Napoleon sold all of the North American land France had regained in Revolutionary War to the US for 15 million dollars.

B. What Georgia did (mainly affected by A1)

1. Got Native American lands:

Creeks, Cherokees, and others forced to


millions of acres from 1773 onward as a result of (1) direct pressure and (2)


owed to white traders.

2. Distributed now Public Lands 3 ways:



system (138):

200 acres plus 50 for add’l family members – max. of 1000 acres; Rev War Veterans got more.

Plats are

maps of land lots b.

Yazoo Land Fraud of 1795:

state leaders wanted to open

Indian land to settlement & increase Georgia’s population

; businessmen formed land companies in order to speculate ; In

1795 4 companies bribed members of GA general assembly to sell millions of acres of unclaimed land cheaply. The public was outraged and the Yazoo Act was


when Georgians found out about it, and the focus of their outrage was on the



All land was eventually


by Georgia to the US government for $1.25 million; became MS & AL later


Land Lottery (142):

from 1803 onward, remaining land was divided up into lots of at most

490 acres

and given away in lottery.


Economic Infrastructure

A. Inventions:

Steamboats, Railroads, cotton gin, corn harvester, mechanical reaper.

Transition from barges to steam (steam power can push a vessel upriver).



: Major rivers ( Savannah, Oconee, Ocmulgee, and

Chattahoochee ) lead to creation of major cities like Augusta, Macon,

Columbus, and Milledgeville

Transition from barges to


C. Roads:

Going back to colonial times, law had required all men between

16 and 60 to spend 12 days a year building roads. Turnpikes replaced this system (private roadway built & maintained by a company)



approved by

state government

now built roads. The journey from Savannah to Augusta on the best of these roads took 2-4 days.

D. Railroads (149):

Steam powered locomotives



more reliable


boats or wagons

. State owned train line leads to creation of

“Terminus” as GA’s end of the line connecting to Chattanooga TN. Terminus would become Atlanta.


Georgia’s Cities: Different Reasons for Different Cities:

A. Economics:

Augusta, Columbus, and Macon all “ Fall Line

” cities designed to provide links for agriculture to rivers and coast.

2. State government capital (Always moving west ):

Savannah: good location overlooking Savannah River, chosen by Oglethorpe

Augusta: preexisting Native American trading post and the bulk of the population was starting to move into the backcountry.

Louisville, Milledgeville: specially planned, sites chosen to be centrally located to Georgians

Atlanta: end of railroad – Terminus (later renamed Marthasville)

3. UGA and Athens:

UGA originally


by Abraham Baldwin in

1785 around populist ideas of education for all citizens. It finally began as the first state school in US in 1801, and Athens was built around it.