Andrew Ellicott: The Stargazer Who Defined America - Special Edition
This definitive book is about a 4 year expedition to measure and mark the first international boundary line between the United States and Spain. An integral part of the amazing story is Andrew Ellicott, the protagonist, whose perseverance to complete his assignment marked the beginning of the end of Spain’s presence in the new world. This special edition is inscribed by the author and includes 6 maps taken from the 1803 Journal of Andrew Ellicott.
From the Author:
I first learned about Andrew Ellicott about 10 years ago while doing research for a book I was writing about how Georgia's boundaries were determined. Elliott surveyed two of the corners of Georgia and I became fascinated with him. The more I learned the more intrigued I got. Who was this man? Why is he almost unknown? Why didn't previous historians write about him? I became focused on giving him a legitimate place in our nation's history. This book is not his biography but is about Ellicott's most lengthy and difficult survey, the southern boundary of the United States with Spain. Since Spain's potential to own the entire North American continent after the Revolutionary War is little understood, I prepare the reader with the history of the years leading up to the Pinckney Treaty of 1795 which turned out to be the door that opened the way to the end of Spain's hegemony west of the Mississippi River. The four year expedition tells us much about a remarkable man and an almost unbelievable story of marking and measuring a 531 mile line from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean. ~ William J. Morton
- Published 2015
- 485 pages, hardcover
A portion of the profit from all sales will be donated to the National Society of Professional Surveyors