1730 - Thomas Hutchins was born.
1766 - He was officially assigned to duty as an engineer in the British army, gradually becoming the most respected surveyor and map maker in the colonies.
1768 - He took part in expeditions spanning the west from the northern reaches of the Mississippi Valley to New Orleans.
1776 - He may have thought his chance had come.
1779 - He now angled to instill himself as the chief engineering officer in the Gulf south.
1781 - He took an oath of loyalty to the United States and in May, accepted the post of Geographer of the United States, assigned to duty in the south.
1788 - Hutchins became immersed in one of the several late eighteenth century cabals seeking to wrest control of Louisiana.
1789 - Died on the 28th of April.
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