By: General Land Office Published by: Julius Bien
Date: 1876 (dated) New York
Dimensions: 21 x 31 inches (53 x 49 cm)
This is a scarce large format map of the state of Nebraska, just nine years after admission to the Union.
The map focuses on surveyed land and the divisions of districts and townships within. The information used to create the map was compiled form official records of the General Land Office as well as some other sources. A total of six GLO offices, identified by red circles, are located primarily in the eastern half of the state. Indian reservations, railroad limits, country seats, cities, towns, and military reservations are noted throughout and identifiable by a key in the lower left.
The only section of unsurveyed land exists in the northwestern portion of the state. A few saline lakes, locations of fresh water, and several Indian agencies are noted in this area. Indian Agencies were created to help assimilate Native Americans into western culture as well as staff Indian agents, which were individuals authorized to interact with Native American tribes on behalf of the United States government. The existence of these agencies in the map adds a powerful and for some emotional element as it provides a snapshot of western expansion and the decline of Native American control that had existed for thousands of years prior.
Condition: This map is in B condition, issued folded without a few very minor fold separations that have been reinforced on the verso.
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