Chapman’s Sectional Map of Wisconsin with the most recent surveys
By: Silas Chapman
Date: 1856 (Dated) New York
Dimensions: 22.5 x 32 inches (57.2 x 81.3 cm)
This large sectional map depicts the state of Wisconsin, just eight years after being admitted into the Union. With the vast majority of the population was in the southeastern portion of the state, Silas Chapman chose to completely omit the northern reaches of the state from the map.
Chapman shows a myriad of new, small counties, some with several towns and others absent of any noteworthy settlements. While just twenty years earlier, the area shown in the map was populated by hundreds of thousands of Native Americans; this map presents just one lone reservation, southwest of Green Bay that belongs to the Oneida people. The progress of development can be seen through the lack of towns as one moves northwest within the map. Several finished and incomplete railroads as well as common roads are delineated throughout the map. Across the Mississippi River in the blank portion of the map, is the Minnesota Territory, which would become a state just two years later in 1858.
Condition: Map is in B+ condition with some light staining in the cartouche and other places. One tear extends into the left margin while other minor fold separations that are common among these pocket maps have been repaired with archival materials on the verso.
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