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Melish, John (fl. 1820-1823) A Map of the United States with the contiguous British & Spanish possessions

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04319 Author/Creator: Melish, John (fl. 1820-1823) Place Written: [Washington?] Type: Map Date: 1820, 1823 Pagination: 1 map 147.5 x 112 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04319 Author/Creator: Melish, John (fl. 1820-1823) Place Written: [Washington?] Type: Map Date: 1820, 1823 Pagination: 1 map 147.5 x 112 cm

Summary of Content: The 1823 edition, but copyright 1820. Of Melish and his maps, Martin & Martin write (p. 115): "Recognizing the demand for geographical information on the American West was limitless for the foreseeable future, Melish undertook to accumulate a vast amount of descriptions, statistics, and maps, and in 1816 produced in six sheets his famous map. It proved so popular it was reprinted at least twenty-two times by the end of 1822. For the Texas area, Melish relied heavily on the surveys conducted by William Darby, who had personally surveyed much of the Sabine River area.... Melish's map significantly improved the descriptions and depictions of the Texas interior, but perhaps its most lasting value to history was its official association with the Adams-Onís Treaty." Phillips, America, p. 880. Taliaferro, p. 14n. Wheat, Transmississippi West 327. See also collateral GLC 7297, Melish's supplementary booklet.

People: Melish, John, 1771-1822

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Frontiers and ExplorationSurveyingTexasLatin and South AmericaTreatyBoundary or Property Dispute

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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