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About Southern Trails

This section of GRITS contains resources and
projects connected to a variety of trails and
pathways throughout the Southeast.

Southern Trails Connected Projects

  • Trailing DeSoto - Then and NowThis project focuses on changes in the southeast from the time of Hernando DeSotos exploration to the present. Using research skills, expository writing, and map skills, students will work in teams to create electronic files comparing the "Then" (DeSotos time) to the "Now" (today). Topics to be studied include the flora and fauna, civilizations, and navigational trails along DeSotos path through the six southeastern states.
  • Tracks to Progress - This project will focus on railroads of the Southeast and their impact on the region during the past century and a half.
  • Rivers-Above and Below - This project explores environmental issues of river basins of the southeastern U.S.
  • NEW! European Tech Connect - In this project, classes will combine their social studies research skills and charting skills in a multimedia presentation comparing a European country to a southeastern USA state.

Southern Trails Resources

  • The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia maintains a collection of more than 800 historic maps spanning nearly 500 years, from the sixteenth century through the early twentieth century. The collection provides a graphic resource upon which scholars can draw in re-discovering the minds and movements of early American explorers, revolutionary statesmen, cultural figures, and politicians represented by the library's book and manuscript collections.
  • Map Collections is Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were created from maps and atlases and, in general, are restricted to items that are not covered by copyright protection.
  • Migration MapThis map, electronically published by AAG International Research, shows major paths of American migration prior to the Revolution.
  • Natchez Trace National Scenic TrailThis web page, published by Great Outdoor Recreation Pages, describes the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, which extends from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Old Pennsylvania Wagon Road This web page contains a passage and map describing the Old Pennsylvania Wagon road, which stretched from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Click here for a related link.
  • On the Trail of John LawsonThis web page, published by the Trading Path Preservation Association, provides information and links to other online resources describing John Lawson's journey through the Carolinas in the early 1700s.
  • Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Located in the Kings Mountain National Military Park, this trail follows the Revolutionary War route of Patriot militia men from Virginia, eastern Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to the battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina.
  • Railroad maps of the Southern United States are electronically published by the Library of Congress and represent an important historical record, illustrating the growth of travel and settlement as well as the development of industry and agriculture in the United States.
  • US National ATLAS 2000 ONLINEThis is the first release of the USA National Atlas data Online containing map data layers compiled by the USGS as part of their National Atlas of USA Project, plus Elevation and Geology. Although this is a fee-based site, there are several features that can be accessed for free.



Last Updated 06/19/02