This site covers the early history of the territory and state of Ohio, in the late 1700s and early 1800s. It includes frontier exploration and pioneer settlement, decades of clashes with Ohio Indians, the western theaters of the American Revolution and War of 1812, and the growth of farms, villages and cities.
Many organizations around the country have been making digital photos of books, maps, and historical documents that are in the public domain, putting them on the internet. These initiatives have resulted in an enormous library available for free access. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find desired books or materials among the vast quantity of items on the web.
"Envision the Past" exists to lead you straight to some of the most interesting and useful of these digitized books and documents. You don't need expertise in the subject area, nor do you need to carry out complex searches. Materials have been selected and organized by topic so you can browse through them as comfortably as if you were browsing the shelves at a library. Nearly every link on this site leads you directly to documents you can open on your PC. Many items can be downloaded to your e-reader. Materials here include books, articles, professional journals, newspapers, court records, maps, and manuscripts.
There is no cost. Most sites that house the materials also do not require you to register.
Most materials are from the 1800s, with some from the late 1700s. Included are numerous first-person accounts, authored by people who participated in history as it was being made.
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