In the passages Lyell describes the physical characteristics of the Tombigbee River and gulf coast in Alabama; discrimination against African Americans in both the North and the South; implications of emancipation for the economic and social...
This passage includes an excerpt from the editor's introduction, which discusses the cession of Choctaw lands east of the Tombigbee River to the United States in October 1816. It also mentions the settlement of French exiles at Demopolis in 1817.
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