1805: Eccentric evangelist Lorenzo Dow holds one of state’s first camp meetings near Washington

Lorenzo Dow (MDAH Collection)
Lorenzo Dow

These large religious gatherings often had a carnival-type atmosphere and lasted for weeks.

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March 1805: Thomas Jefferson appoints Robert Williams third territorial governor

Robert Williams (MDAH Collection)
Robert Williams

Williams’ term was dominated by extreme factionalism.

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November 16, 1805: Choctaw Nation cedes over four million acres in Treaty of Mount Dexter

Map of part of Choctaw lands ceded in Treaty of Mount Dexter (MDAH Collection)
Map of part of Choctaw lands ceded in Treaty of Mount Dexter

Land extended from Natchez District all the way to the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers.

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