Excerpt from Pioneers of Civilization in Illinois: An Address
In this frontier state there were living in 1820 some 54, 000 whites and about 1500 negroes, chie¿y indented servants or slaves, a total somewhat less than the population of Peoria in 1900. Nearly all of them lived... in the southern third of the present State: in 1818 the three northern counties were Madison, Bond, and Crawford, each of which extended northward to the state line. Crawford county, covering the whole northeastern section of the State and including more than thirty of our present counties, had, in 1818 less than 1000 white inhabitants. Even in southern Illinois the course of settlement clung pretty closely to the Mississippi on the one side and the Ohio and Wabash on the other, leav ing sparsely settled interior counties where one might travel for days through almost unbroken wilderness.
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