By: Franz Ludwig Gussefeld
Date: 1784 (published) Nuremberg
Dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 inches
This is a remarkable example of a German map that recognized the nascent United States of America in the year following the 1783 Treaty of Paris. The map offers a unique view of the new country from a German Perspective not often seen in the 18th century.
The map shows North America to just across the Mississippi River, but the focus is on the new nation. Each state is colored in a contrasting pastel and the states in the northern part are named by way of a lettered key given just below the attractive title cartouche. The borders are in general pretty good, though Vermont is not shown, being included as part of New Hampshire, and Maryland's western parts extend well south into Virginia.
The treatment of the lands, to the west of the Appalachian Mountains and up to the Mississippi River is quite interesting. This area is indicated as lands that came to the United States by the Treaty of 1783. It is mostly undifferentiated politically, though dotted lines coming off of the states of the southeast do extend to the Mississippi, showing the claims if those states.
Rivers, towns, and some forts are shown, and Indian tribes are named throughout. One odd feature is the appearance of a very large area of marshy land along the Wabash. All in all, the attractive map is a fascinating view of the new nation.
Condition: This map is in excellent condition with original hand coloring over a sharp impression on heavy paper with full margins on all sides and no tears or holes. A truly superb example.
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