Today’s post is about calculating how far your ancestors could travel from New York in one day. It’s an interesting question to genealogists whose ancestors came through the port of New York. Maps from the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, published in 1932, have been digitized and the data are now available by decade in the modern infographic above.
In 1800, a stagecoach could only reach parts of the Northeast; Charleston, South Carolina, from Manhattan meant ten days of sailing. The maps as they appeared in the atlas are shown below.