By: J. Grassl / Joseph Meyer
Date: 1852 (published) Hildburghausen
Dimensions: 9 x 11 inches (22.9 x 27.9 cm)
This German map of Texas and the southwestern United States provides a fascinating view of the region and its boundaries as they were just before the Gadsen Treaty of 1853. The Treaty resulted in the purchase by the US of a 29,670 square mile portion of Mexico which became parts of the states of New Mexico and Arizona. It was this purchase which finally settled the border between the two countries.
Nineteenth-century America was seen as a land of opportunity for Europeans who were seeking a fresh start and land of their own. Germans were among the most active immigrant groups of that time, and so many emigrated that at one point in mid-century, German was spoken by almost as many Americans as was English. Many Germans were drawn to Texas, and this map offers a detailed depiction of the region, including a number of curious boundaries worthy of study.
The map includes many Indian tribal names, forts, early roads, villages and settlements in the Southwest. The discovery of gold is prominently depicted in California with yellow wash coloring. Relief is shown by hachure and depth by isolines.
Condition: This hand colored map is in A condition with not damage to the paper and bright colors throughout.
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