By: Adrien Hubert Brue
Date of Original: 1826 (Published) Paris
Original Size: 15 x 20.25 inches (36.2 x 51.4 cm)
This large elegant map by Brue depicts the United States and its territories as they were internationally recognized in 1826. The map is of great interest as it depicts the various vast stretches of territory claimed by the United States. The map Carte Generale des Etats-Unis du Canada was based on information from the Lewis & Clark and Humbolt's expeditions, and perhaps on the work of Arrowsmith and Melish.
Some of the more interesting cartographic features include the United States' claims showing the Oregon Territory extending into present-day British Columbia, claims which resulted in the Fifty-Four Forty or Fight controversy. Other interesting features show the Arkansas Territory including Oklahoma, and Texas is rendered as part of Mexico. Topography is represented in hachure and is based on the expeditions of Lewis and Clark, Pike and Long. All major river systems in the continental United States are featured. The names of countless Indian tribes are included.
Adrien-Hubert Brue (1786 - 1832) was a French cartographer active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He held the office of Geographe du Roi and often signed his maps as such. In this position Brue contributed to thousands of maps and numerous atlases. Like most cartographers many of his maps were published posthumously and were common even several decades after his death. They are known for their beauty, their clarity and accuracy. Many of his maps were published posthumously by his partner, Charles Picquet's son and heir, Pierre-Jacques Picquet, and were still being updated and republished decades after his death.