Colton's Map of the United States of America, The British Provinces, Mexico, The West Indies and Central America
By: Joseph Hutchins Colton
Date: 1855 (dated) New York
Original Size: 40 x 33 inches (101.5 x 84 inches)
This is a marvelous colorful reproduction of a magnificent example of the rare 1855 edition of Colton's map of the United States. In the 1850's Colton published a number of separately issued maps of the United States. These maps offered some of the most up to date and comprehensive views of the country, and were revised annually as information flowed in from early surveys sponsored by the government as new territories were created and opened to settlement. While the early editions of the map appear on the market periodically, this mid-1850s example is very rare.
This map shows the region west of the Mississippi River immediately following the Gadsden Purchase including the territories of Washington, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Oregon. The map is richly updated with the most reliable information obtainable at the time. Its elaborate grapevine borders include twelve vignettes of various places of interest, including Willamette Falls in Oregon, the Capitol Building, an incomplete Washington Monument, Astoria Oregon, Mexicans catching cattle, and the Valley of Connecticut from Roanoake.
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What can be referred to as modern cartography has been around for over 550 years. Throughout that time an enormous amount of new land was discovered, cities were founded while others perished. International trade and travel became the norm, political borders were ever-changing, and numerous wars were waged. With all that being said, hundreds of thousands of maps were created that show such events and episodes in time.
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