1858 Map of Texas Illustrating the Missions & Journeys of the Abbe Em. Domenech
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By: Edward Weller
Date: 1858 (published) London
Dimensions: 17.5 x 14 inches (44.5 x 35.5 cm)
This is a relatively scarce map of Texas about 14 years after being admitted into the Union as the 28th state in 1845. Even though the map was published in 1858, it presents the state the during the time of Abbe Emmanuel Domenech's travels in Texas; first in 1846-50, and then again in 1851-2, which are delineated in red.
Abbe Emmanuel Domenech was the first Catholic Priest ordained in Texas. With the addition of Texas into the Union came a flood of European and American settlers into what was a rather hostile and lawless land. The Texas Rangers were coming into their own as they constantly fought raiding Mexican bandits and seasoned Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache warriors who were regarded has the best combat horsemen in the world. Continual acts of violence along with a cholera epidemic made Domench's task overwhelmingly difficult and he would eventually abandon his efforts September 1852, returning to France in poor health.
Condition: This map is in B condition with any fold separation repaired with archival materials on the verso. The paper in the lower left corner is crinkled where it was at some point removed from the original publication. All things considered, the map offers very fine eye-appeal with ample margins on all sides for proper framing.
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