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Mitchell, Augustus S. (fl. 1846) Map of Texas, Oregon and California [pocket atlas]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02130 Author/Creator: Mitchell, Augustus S. (fl. 1846) Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Map Date: 1846 Pagination: 46 p. : map ; 13.6 x 8.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Full title: A New Map of Texas, Oregon and California with the Regions Adjoining. Compiled from the Most Recent Authorities. First printing of this landmark map of the American West. Baughman, Kansas in Maps, p. 35. Graff 2841. Howes M685. Martin & Martin 36: "One of the first widely distributed maps showing Texas as a state in the U.S." Plains & Rockies IV:122b. Wheat, Transmississippi West 520, p. 35: "Based on...the work of Nicollet, Wilkes and Fremont, and 'the Congressional and other maps of Texas, the latest Maps of Mexico, &c.' The 'Oregon Route'...is carefully drawn, as is the 'Caravan route to Santa Fe,' and this map represents a great step forward [utilizing] the recent explorations that had bounded and determined the nature of the Great Basin. The Texas claim to a western boundary up the Rio Grande is here shown, with the northern panhandle extending all the way to the 42nd parallel, following Emory's map of Texas;" & p. 254: "The Accompaniment is of particular interest, containing perhaps the clearest statement of Oregon and California facts that came out of the period just prior to the settlement of the former's boundaries and the inclusion of the latter in the U.S.;" Gold Regions 29.

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: SurveyingStatehoodImmigration and MigrationFrontiers and ExplorationBoundary or Property DisputeTexasGeography and Natural HistoryAmerican West

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