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Where does Huck visit on the Mississipi River?At school we have to make a map of where...

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brookypie2009 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2009 at 3:41 AM via web

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Where does Huck visit on the Mississipi River?

At school we have to make a map of where Huck goes on the Mississippi River. I need to make his route, and locations he visits, and surrounding locations. I only need the ones from chapter 1-15 but I need help finding some of the names and where they actually are. Thank you!

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queencc | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2009 at 4:36 AM (Answer #1)

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What do you already have?  Are you supposed to find them on current maps?

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brookypie2009 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2009 at 6:38 AM (Answer #2)

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Well right now I have Jackson's Island, Hookerville, Gosphen, St. Petersberg, Booth's Landing, and Cairo. And yes, it does have to be on a current map.

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 16, 2009 at 8:08 AM (Answer #3)

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You've done very well, but keep in mind that the names of the places have been changed. Mark Twain used his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri as inspiration for St. Petersburg. Hannibal (Mark Twain's real boyhood town) suffered after shipping technology changed and the Mississippi River trade slowed down in the early 1900s. They turned to tourism, and the names of various sites around town were changed to the names that Twain called them in his books. Holliday’s Hill, originally named after the family that owned it, was changed to Cardiff Hill, the name given to it by Twain in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Other landmarks like Glascock’s Island was changed to Jackson’s Island from Adventures of Huck Finn, and Laura Hawkins’ house, the model for Becky Thatcher, was named “The Becky Thatcher house.” On some maps you may see the original names, or you may see them by the names from the books. I also suggest reading "Lighting Out for the Territory" by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, where the author explores the sites that Mark Twain uses in his books. 

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