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The Growth of Virginia, 1634-1895:

VA 1821-1830

The 1820s were a period of retrenchment in the county formation process. In 1821 Pocahontas formed from Bath, Pendleton, and Randolph; in 1822 Alleghany likewise was formed from Bath, Botetourt, and Monroe; and in 1824 Logan was provided lands from Giles, Cabell, Tazewell, and Kanawha. The most important event in the decade was the discovery of gold in 1828 on Cherokee lands in northern Georgia. the excitement generated by this produced the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and would shortly dislodge most of the remaining Amerindian claims in the eastern United States. For Virginia, the next two decades would see a rush of settlement onto the Appalachian Plateau and the most extensive period of county formation in the state's history as this area was filled by pioneering populations entering the final area of inexpensive lands east of the Mississippi River.

1821 - Pocahontas (Bath, Pendleton, Randolph)
1822 - Alleghany (Bath, Botetourt, Monroe)
1824 - Logan (Giles, Cabell, Tazewell, Kanawha)

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[adapted from Michael Doran, Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia, 1634-1895], available under General References

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