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Map of the States of California, Washington, Utah, New Mexico, & Oregon Territories by: Cowperthwait, 1854

1854 Map of the States of California, Washington, Utah, New Mexico, & Oregon Territories

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By:  Thomas Cowperthwait & Co.

Date:  1854 (Published) Philadelphia

Dimensions:  15.75 x 12.75 inches (40 x 32 cm)        

This map by one of the leading U.S. cartographic firms of the period, is an excellent example of American mapping at an important time in the development of the western United States. 

The area shown includes California, and the enlarged territories of Utah, New Mexico, Washington and Oregon.  The last two were part of the original Oregon territory, which officially became part to the United States in 1846, and the other two territories were created just three years earlier.  Of note is pre-Gadsden Purchase southern border of New Mexico.

It is an updated version of a map that Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. first issued in 1851.  The acquisition of the western part of the United States less than a decade before and its rapid development after 1850, meant that this map shows not only more knowledge of the topographyof the region, but also a much more complex political configuration.  Detail is given of towns, rivers, counties, & forts. 

Also, shown are some historic and current trails, for instance the Spanish Trail from Los Angeles to Santa Fe and the Oregon Trail, not to mention explorer and survey routes.  Considerable information is also given of Indian tribes throughout.

Condition:  This antique lithograph map is in A condition with original hand color over bright paper with full margins all around.

Inventory #12467

1932 S. Halsted St.  #200  Chicago, IL  60608  P: (312) 496-3622

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